Happy New Year! Happy 2017!
How did you ring in the New Year? I love this holiday that people the world over celebrate on a personal, communal, and societal basis. Whether with fun and frivolity, solemn tradition, or a quiet night spent at home, we wish each other “Happy New Year!” in shared optimism for an opportunity to start afresh and to hope for a better future.
The New Year allows, actually, encourages us to suspend our current realities for a moment and be optimistic that the future in fact holds potential for new possibilities and opportunities. We share greetings for the New Year that we might be happy, healthy, and prosper in the new year.
In many cultures, this sense of optimism and hope is further encouraged to take form as an expressed goal or a personal resolution. With all its good intentions, resolutions may help some people, but more often than not, it becomes a burden or a disappointment or simply another thing forgotten, in matter of days and weeks.
But what if you could carry that “New Year’s Day” sense of potential and possibility, not just as a wish on the first few days of January, but in every new day or moment by moment as you recognize it throughout the year? Would your world seem different? Perhaps your outlook might change? Perhaps things may not seem so engrained, not so stuck? Perhaps your thoughts and emotions might feel lightened? You might become happier.
If at times you find yourself wondering, “is this all there is to life?” or “couldn’t I be doing something else, or differently, or in addition to…?” - listen. These are wonderful questions, and I hope you see them as opportunities presented uniquely for you. They are pointing to a window of opportunity that you haven’t explored, possibly not even seen, yet.
Welcome New Year, and welcome to a new year in your life!
If you'd like to start off the New Year with the gift of time and focus on your own life, please join me in my North Seattle Continuing Education Course ,"Midlife Through Retirement: A Catalyst for Change." This interactive workshop runs from Feb. 21 through March 27, on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm. (No class meeting on March 7.) You can learn more about my class from my Sept. 2, 2016 blog post. (After winter quarter, my next course offering will be in Autumn 2017.) Please please free to contact me if you have any questions about my class.
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.