A New Year Is Just Another 365 Days, Isn’t It?

So here it is, just hours before 2012 makes an entrance and I am neither overcome with excitement nor am I full of regret. To be honest I don’t particulary feel anything.

Logic tells me that tomorrow morning when my alarm goes off and I face the first day of the new year, that I will have the same 24 hours in my day that I had this morning when I woke up.  Nothing but the last 4 digits at the end of tomorrow mornings date will have changed.

But society has trained me to approach the beginning of a New Year with a sense of anticipation and an urgency to immediately begin to change all of my life by committing to a list of things I will resolve to accomplish or rid myself of to improve my life.  Hummm, not sure I’m buying into it and quite frankly I am getting too old to jump through those hoops.

I get the whole wakeup and change your life because you have the power idea, but why wait until the last day of the year to do it?  I mean last I checked there are still 365 days in each year right? (Except for leap year of course.) So why would we give all of the power to the very last day of the year?

Does it have magical powers or something?  If it is true that we do have the power to make choices in our life everyday of the year why wouldn’t we choose to invoke those necessary life changes by making better choices throughout the year?

Maybe this is where the term “Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life” was born and it is for all of the procrastinators in the world so they have justification to wait until tomorrow to do what they should have done today.  Who knows.

So at the risk of sounding like a student of the Glass is Half Full University, I believe in the power of self, I believe that things happen for a reason, even the bad things, and I believe that we are all put on this earth with a purpose.

The trick in each life is to have enough self awareness and courage to discover what your purpose is.  We get so caught up in the fast paced daily stress of life that we never slow down enough to catch our breath, let alone live in the moment and self reflect.  The days go by so fast they seem to run together in a blur.  We all need to slow down and breathe daily.

We need to look around us and inside of us. We need to live in the moment and change our priorities. That is the only way we can find our life truth.  Or at least that is what I believe.

For me, this new year presents an opportunity to continue to discover and develop my purpose.  I promise myself to try to be present in each day of my life and to pay forward all of the blessings I have received.  I choose to live in grace and love with  compassion, understanding and forgiveness and I will surround myself with positive, people who enrich my life and make me a better person.

I want to be proud of the person I am and not just dream about the person I want to be.

So I guess as resolutions go those would be mine. Wish me luck.

I wish everyone a New Year full of health, happiness, joy and love. We only get one chance at our life we really should make it count.  So when you wake up on the first day of the new year, greet yourself with a smile as you look into the mirror and remind yourself that it is indeed your life and you are the only one who can control the path on which it goes.  Choose well my friends for your life matters and touches everyone around you.

Be well and hug until your arms hurt…… HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL!

And just for reference, if you ever begin to believe that one person can’t possibly affect the life of another, I challenge you to click on the link below and read all about Mattie Stepanek.  Mattie not only changed the life of everyone he met, he changed the world.

http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=mattieStepanek

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