Hurray for the end of 2016! Many, many changes have occurred these past 12 months. Some have lost loved ones, while others have rejoiced over the birth of a new loved one. For some, relationships have come and gone, as well as health, jobs, and a sense of security, certainty and knowing or understanding of what the future holds.
2016 started out much like every other election year…political figures and talking heads making promises and predicting future outcomes. But 2016 turned out to be a bit more than just another election year, it turned out to be the pivotal year of transition. A transition that encompasses the entirety of our lives and our future. A transition that started back in 2012, and is reaching its pinnacle in late 2016/early 2017.
Change is constant. Socrates once said, “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The other secret to change is to NOT stubbornly and hardheadedly hold on to the old, allowing fear to stop you from growing, expanding, and from being heard. The momentum behind this transition we are all witnessing, regardless of which country (or planet) you might call home, will require us to be a little more resilient than perhaps we have been in the past. But more importantly, this transition necessitates responsibility and involvement.
January is the time for establishing your resolutions, setting your intentions of how to reach your goals, and seeing in your mind the joy and happiness you want in your life. You understand that to manifest these changes in your life there is a level of responsibility and involvement you need to accept to make these changes happen. You also know that if you shirk your responsibility and involvement, nothing will turn out the way you imagined it. This is where being resilient comes into play. If things are NOT turning out the way you imagined them, rather than getting down on yourself, quitting or slinking off to a corner and hiding or pouting, this is the time to pick yourself back up, and shoulder your responsibility and involvement once again. Let nothing stand in your way of accomplishing what you set out to accomplish!
This also holds true on an even larger scale. As all of the world and all its parts, from political, financial, environmental, social, and humanitarian, continues through this time of transition, there is responsibility and involvement required of you. The years of sitting back and letting other voices speak for you are gone. If you do not like what you see, what you hear, or what is happening around or to you, it is now your responsibility to make sure you are heard and understood, and it will require you to be involved in all those areas of life that matter to you.
This January, for your New Year’s Resolution, forget about the self-centered, weight loss, physical fitness goals and instead, think about …
- A cause that matters to you and how you might get involved;
- Something in your life that you do not want to lose and how you might be able to keep it available;
- What you can do to make the lives of those less fortunate better in a sustainable way;
- An issue that you feel deeply about and how you might help with it;
- A charity or non-profit you believe in and get involved;
- Doing some volunteer work in your local community;
- All your past resolutions and whether you quit on them after awhile or stayed with them, even when the responsibility and involvement seemed tiresome;
- Your special talent or skill and how you might use it to help others; and
- Giving, if only an hour of your time per week or month, to someone outside your family and friends.
Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!