Have you ever tried to move forward while looking back? It’s not easy and I don’t recommend it often but the end of the year is a good time to take a few minutes, stop where you are and look back over the past year! I will admit it is much easier this time of year to be consumed with setting new goals, your mind transfixed by the lure of the horizon ahead. When it comes to a new year and new goals, we don’t always like looking back, but it is important once a year to look at your goals and accomplishments for the year prior. It is fun to see how close you came, or if you reached or maybe even surpassed your goals and for a day or two bask in the glow before you begin again.
We all need to look not just at goals but other pieces; accomplishments and journeys taken that were not on your goal list but make up the wonderful moments of your life. Because I journal each day, it is easy to look back and grasp the small but profound moments that seem to get lost so easily in the blur of each year. The bad always tend to stick out if I don’t record the good too.
Looking back, I can say that this year for me was a very trying one. But, I also realize that we learn more from bumpy years than smooth, so overall I must be a bit wiser than I was before. No one dropped me at the top of the mountain this year, every step seemed grueling and painful, but I know that 2012 will be an amazing year for us all. Transformational is the word, the year when we all quit looking around, listening to others and determine for ourselves what is right for us. This is what my next book is about “7 Steps to Creating an Extraordinary Life”, giving direction for each of us to set about on our journey to define, create and then live our lives true to ourselves.
Following along the lines of that theme of transforming to our true self, next year, will be devoted to learning to “dancing to our own music”. The focus will be upon helping everyone find the music that is playing in their heart and follow that music to creating our extraordinary life that is reflective of the real you.
When you can tap into the music your own heart plays, you don’t care if people think you are strange or judge you. It becomes apparent that they can’t hear their song their heart is playing, so they become distracted by you joyfully humming along to your own tune. But learning to hear the music and then remaining in it is not easy, it requires effort and in some cases, a personal transformation and if that is the case, this is the perfect year for you.
We will join the entire world, as the Mayan people predicted for 2012, in a transformation. We must work to change our combined consciousness, sadness over loss of homes, jobs and loved ones, even the loss of our faith in others, the people we believed would do the right thing, but have allowed greed and power to overtake their song. All of this has left a pall over us. Earthquakes and natural disasters topped the list, as well as the tenuous state of lands far away. It makes us all uneasy and questioning what tomorrow will bring. We want to pull our shades and remain safe, pretend that it will all get better. But, if there is one thing I can say with certainty, it is that we can make it better ~ you and I. Together, we can have a hand in changing the world.
Tonight as the New Year is ushered in with much fanfare, stop for a moment and write yourself a little note answering our first question of the year ~ What gift can I give the world this year? Will it be a vow to love your neighbor as yourself, donate possessions that clutter your home, maybe it is simply sending a gift card for groceries to someone who has lost their job. You see, when you hear the song playing, you realize that you are blessed and when you feel blessed, you are compelled to help others. Your gift in return for all of this is happiness, a peaceful heart, and an overwhelming sense when you look back at the end of 2012, that you were an active participant in the kindness that will change the world.
Happy New Year and my blessing to each of you!