Everyone likes a fresh start, a chance to begin again. Yet, all our fresh starts don’t necessarily mean the end of something else. Well, not exactly.
To start something by definition, is to begin. So naturally, if you are beginning a task or project, it is safe to assume you are not currently doing it. However, most of us are not naturally gifted in every facet of life. We need to learn about things. We practice. We prepare.
That is how I see the new year. The year past is not all bad and something to be discarded. (Even for the long and painful year 2016.) The past 12 months was practice. Maybe you didn’t get it all right. Maybe you made some regrettable mistakes. Hey, don’t hang your head too low. We cannot win all the time. And what really matters is that you realize what you want to change.
All those days where you think you could have done better, just laid the foundation for your new year. They are the fertilizer for your new goals, whatever they may be. Think of them like the fallen autumn leaves.
They are experiences you cannot place back on your tree. They are memories at your feet, good or bad. All you can do now is look back and enjoy them, or learn from them. All you have now, is the present. But, without our past experiences, who is to say we would be the same people we are now? That’s the thing. You cannot change the past, so it’s a question you will never answer.
So instead of wasting time on the past, move forward. Embrace the new year and the chance to build a better you. Use your past as a lesson to tweak your plans and goals. For every day you awake, is a new opportunity to live. And like the fall leaves, grow older with grace and color and character. Be bold until your last day.
New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written.
New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.
Answers to be discovered and then lived
in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.
Today, carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.
Only dreams give birth to change.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach~