The New Year reminds us to assess our actions so we can improve on getting what we truly want in our lives. This is the perfect time to be honest with ourselves. We draw up a list of work to be done and things to be improved.
In order to balance the list, though, it is crucial to not just look at our imperfections and shortcomings, but to also look at what we have accomplished.
What we want to build upon are our gifts, talents and abilities. They are the seeds we want to grow. Connecting with our abilities and strengths will help us to weather the ups and downs of our days.
Remember, the things that we say to our self are essential to how we act. Therefore, we can add a source of pleasure to our days by simply taking responsibility for the quality of our thoughts.
Allow room for error. The English poet Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.” We make mistakes, we stumble, and we may wallow a bit. When we acknowledge our error with compassion and forgiveness, we can pick ourselves back up and find our way on a path that feels good.
Let’s begin each day with a resolution to give positive meaning and direction to our actions.
Have you ever watched a sunset and noticed how the colors of the sky gradually change as the sun slowly goes down?
Carl Rogers said it perfectly: “One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset … I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color … ‘ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.”
Give yourself a kindhearted break, and discover the beauty of your varying shades and the shades of those around you.
Each shade has its own unique quality. So remember, that your stumbles are as complete as your successes. Each step, each breath, each action is complete as it is. As you accept this completeness, it encourages you to learn and to develop appreciation for your life as it is.
Let’s take a moment for a pause . . . A moment … to pay
attention, to relax and to bring awareness to ourselves in this present moment. A pause to regroup. A pause for just a moment to disconnect from striving. . .