My previous New Year’s blogs sounded something like this:
That the calendar turns over, but the next year will pretty much look like the last one because we keep bringing the same us forward. That the only way for the new year to be truly “new” is for you to transform your thinking, paradigm and mindset.
And then, 2020 became 2021. Well, that can’t happen again, right?
Well, shit, it is happening again.
And 2021 is about to become 2022. Covid and all. So, I am going back to the ONLY thing any of us can control and it is our relationship with what is happening. Exactly as it is.
No matter what the outside conditions: YOU ARE STILL BRINGING YOU INTO JANUARY 1ST.
The “you” you bring into 2022 has the potential to create the truly best year of your life or to “languish” in the malaise of the last year. UP to YOU.
Before you flip the calendar, watch your smart phone turn over, toast some champagne or meditate into midnight…
Answer these questions for yourself:
- What am I most proud of being/accomplishing this past year (2021)?
- What risks did I take that were outside my box?
- What do I get to authentically leave behind in 2021? (This could be physical, mental or emotional)
- What is my next breakthrough in who I get to be?
Please stop and read/listen to your answers. You didn’t just make it through the last year or two, you reinvented and rerouted, loved and cried, triumphed and failed. Well done, human being!
I can’t promise you ANYTHING about 2022. But that was true long before Covid. I can wish that you remember your magic, your resilience, your strength, your creativity, and your vision and purpose.
What the Universe and God can promise is that you have a blank canvas moment to moment to BE and to create. And the greatest freedom in the world is that you get to choose moment to moment.
I’ll end this with a passage from a brilliant book called “The Book of Qualities” by J. Ruth Gendler.
Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt. When Faith was out of town visiting her uncle in the hospital, Doubt fed the cat and watered the asparagus fern. Faith is comfortable with Doubt because she grew up with him. Their mothers are cousins. Faith is not dogmatic about her beliefs like some of her relatives. Her friends fear that Faith is a bit stupid. They whisper that she is naïve and she depends on Doubt to protect her from the meanness of life. In fact, it is the other way around. It is Faith who protects Doubt from Cynicism.”
Happy New Year loved ones!