A new year is meant to invoke a sense of wonder, a hopeful new beginning. It marks the time when we open a new journal, crack the binding, and begin the next chapter of our life, with countless new ways to make our mark in this world.
Several times this past week I sat at the keyboard with the intent of writing a heartfelt post on closing the door on 2016 and stepping into a brand new year. When that didn’t work, I picked up pen and paper. Cursive writing, the process of creating curves and lines that dance across the page, often allows my creative juices to flow. Although it did help to move the process forward, it didn’t dispel the apprehension I feel at crossing into a year with so many unknowns. But I know that times like these demand that we reach inside and find that kernel of hope that resides in each of us. As Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”. So, with a hopeful heart, here are my three wishes for the upcoming year for each of you:
1) Be the healthiest version of yourself, both in mind and body.
Get outside in nature, which is transformative for both mind and body. Meditate; reduce the stress in your life where possible; release your mind of negative thoughts and your personal space of unimportant “stuff”. Plan some exciting adventures that will create instant, incredible memories.
2) Use your voice.
Stay true to your convictions. During troubling times it is easier to conform, to echo someone else’s words, not rock the boat. My wish is that you find your true voice and use it respectfully to stand up for your beliefs and remain steadfast about causes that speak to you. Shine your light brightly, lighting the path for others.
“I raise up my voice, not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” ~ Malala
3) Hold a space of gratitude.
As I take the time to reflect back on the year, I am most grateful for the love of family and friends. As we move into a new year, I hope to extend that gratitude to those around me with whom I don’t agree, as I know they will challenge me to look inside and analyze my own beliefs. I’m still working on this one.
Let’s all move into this new year being true to ourselves, not living someone else’s version of the life we should live.
May you all have the gift of abundance, excellent health, and much love in 2017!