On this, the final day of 2015, I find myself looking back at everything that happened and wondering what the next year will hold, as I am sure many of you are. 2015 was a rough ride for my family. We have lost many truly amazing people and I am saddled with an overwhelming feeling of sadness as I think about heading into a new year without them. At the moment it is hard to see the light and the good that has happened this year even though I know there are many examples of such.
These sad thoughts have been swimming through my head for the last few weeks, making it difficult to truly focus on anything else that may be going on. They have spiralled in many different directions, in a way holding me to the past and making me unable to think of the future. The future is daunting, scary, unknown, and unfathomable. At the present moment I find myself at a cross roads, hesitating to take any sort of step because which ever way I choose the other will be closed. There are opportunities but I am struck and stuck thinking of making the wrong choice, will I simply be wasting my time as I wonder down a path that really isn’t right for me.
These thoughts have brought me to contemplating resolutions for 2016, of which there are only two:
- Be Present in this moment and every moment that presents itself to you. Be aware of the people around you, of the conversations you are having, of the life that you are living. Be here in the now of today. When you are with someone, put away your phone, focus on them, give your undivided attention because that is the greatest gift you can offer someone, your time, your focus, yourself.
- Be Open to new experiences, situations, and events. Do not close yourself off, put your walls up, and retreat into your mind. Dive in headfirst and make the most of every moment. Each second you have with the people you care about is precious because you truly never know what may happen next. The future is unknowable, but the present is now. Do not focus on the past, do not put all your stock in the future, be open to today and all of the possibilities that it may offer you. Be open to new people, new places, new things. See the world with open eyes and lift your blinders, take it all in because the world is waiting for you.
These two resolutions go hand in hand and I hope I can make them my focus in 2016, will you join me?
A Happy New Year to all of you. Spend time with those you love. Have fun and enjoy! Most of all be present and open!