Welcome to the new year – Happy 2020, all.
Gratitude. Curiosity. Space. Kindness. Courage. Trust. Change. Boundaries. Forgiveness. Self-care. Openness. Receptivity. Activism. Love. Light. Creativity.
In recent years, people seem to be talking less about particular resolutions and more about a theme for the year. That central theme for the entire 365 days might help to redirect shifts that appear, center choices and realign things that are serving you and discard those that no longer are. Do you have a theme for this year?
I’m not one for those particular or specific New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I do set goals and put things out there into the Universe and, of course, there have been many times that I’ve fully enjoyed those precious New Year’s Eve minutes of a countdown to fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, glittering sparks above Cinderella’s castle, a sparkling ball descending from a Manhattan skyline, a New Zealand kiss and other special moments and spots around the globe. While I fully embrace the reflectivity of the end of the year and the newness of the next one, the hype of that 24-hour period shift from December 31st to January 1st isn’t where I make my choices for the year to come. It’s in those regular reflections, those journaling moments, those thoughtful first steps of January and all of those moments in between when the my thirst for new, for better, takes shape.
What will you dream of this year? How will you treat all beings and the planet better? How will you make sure you put yourself on your own ‘to-do’ list? Each year I do my best to start fresh. My firsts are a breath of ocean air, the feeling of the sand between my toes and the sounds of the crashing waves. I don’t know if it’s the earthing, the freshness or the calming constant that does it, but being by the ocean is my serenity – where my dreams take shape, my heart rate slows and where perspective, gratitude and clarity reign supreme. The ocean sends us on our way with a hug and warm welcome home – then we take to a trail to walk ourselves fiercely, gratefully and intently into the new year ahead. How do you start your year?
Years ago, in words that leapt off the pages of an international best seller, a brilliant wizard reminded us all that ‘it’s our choices, that show what we truly are’. Let’s do our best to make those good choices this year. Let’s aim to be better than we were a moment, a day or a year ago. Let’s make a pact, here and now, to enter 2020 with grateful hearts, clear minds and open eyes.
Stay open, be curious and remain mindful of how your words and actions affect others. Encourage one another, engage in thought-provoking discourse, and embrace the new. Navigate the windy paths, notice your surroundings and nurture relationships that fill your soul. Uplift each another, utilize your skills and use your voice for good. Recognize kindness, respond more and react less. Manifest good things, make mindful decisions and make sure to take time for you. Learn things, lead with love and let your light shine. Give yourself permission to be the you you wish to be.
This year I look to some of the greats for their guidance. Their words continue to ring true and speak to me always. Their constant wisdom reminds me to be open to what will come, be grateful for what is, trust that creating that space to grow is imperative and know that kindness matters most of all.
Maya Angelou: ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’
Dalai Lama: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’
Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’
Walt Whitman: ‘Be curious, not judgmental.’
Winnie the Pooh: ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.’
Here’s to that clean slate, that open book and that chance to begin again. Here’s to new beginnings, more hugs and bigger smiles. Here’s to dreaming big, loving more and adventuring often. Give yourself permission to begin again as often as you need to – you’re worth it. Let’s all be a little a bit more curious, more conscious of our actions, and kinder to one another. I have always believed that ‘a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world’ (Margaret Mead)…let’s change it for the better, together.
Wishing you a beautiful year ahead. Happy 2020.