Cheers to a good year!
How will bid adieu to 2014? Without much thought and barely a glance back? Or, do you bend down and kiss the ground you walk on because you made it through another year – just barely!
There's personal strength, refreshed energy and renewed focus to be gained from mindfully acknowledging and completing the year that has past. Mindfully completing your year is sort of like cleaning out a closet; you feel better AND make room for fresh new stuff that fits better! And hopefully in the year ahead you’ll make everything you add to your life not only fit better, but feel better too.
There are a few simple questions to keep in mind when ending off a year, that will grant you renewed energy and insight as you prepare to dive into the next.
Don’t judge yourself and be totally honest. What did you accomplish this year? What lessons did you learn about life and yourself? Where there things you did or didn't do that you regret? Can you let them go or make a plan to reach those goals?
Saying a definitive goodbye to the old will put you in stead to stand a better chance of having a great year next year by starting the New Year with no unfinished business, no guilt – no regrets. I wish you a glorious full 2015 with the words of Neil Gaiman below:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something."
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”