A New year is here. That means that – whatever mistakes you made last year, whatever you didn’t get, whatever you did not manage to do – you can leave behind. It is the dawn of a new day, a chance to begin again. There is renewed hope for you to be all that you can be, or at least as much of it as you can manage. It is a time to let go of the old and make space for the new, embrace what is possible now.
Of course, what has passed cannot be erased, and there are certainly good things you want to take along with you as you continue on your journey, but you can reflect on it, extract the lessons (there are always lessons), use them to help move you forward and leave the rest behind. Reflecting on your life and extracting the lessons is a process that can be done in many different ways. It can be done on your own or it can be done with help. The important thing is to set some time aside to do it and January, the beginning of a new year, is one of those times that are ideal for it.
Difficult and painful situations often have lessons attached to them. We tend to hold on to the pain and ignore the lessons. It is only human. But it is also human to overcome our obstacles and limitations. It is also human to keep trying. And it is also human to seek help to do it. The beginning of a new year can bring new hope for us to dust ourselves off and try again. In trying again, it is useful to take the time to reflect on what has passed so that we can do things a little better, and a little better next time. Until we get it right, or at least closer to right. So, if you have not yet had time to pause and take stock of 2018 because you were too busy celebrating with family and friends, it is still time. Now that things have calmed down you can make time to think about what you did well and what you did not do so well. What lessons from last year can you bring into this brand new one? Can you transform the pain of 2018 into the gems of 2019?
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