This is December 31, 2016. Quite a year in many respects. With a new administration entering the White House and the whole world watching, many are on edge. What will it be like to have someone so “different” at the helm? We wait with bated breath…
This is not (and never will be) a place for political posts. This is (and always will be) a place for you to find a little quiet in a chaotic world. So, for a moment or two, put your feelings about the coming year aside. Let’s focus on a simpler life.
Over the past several weeks, I have been in my own kind of struggle trying to balance this peace I seek with the challenges we all face. With much going on behind the scenes, there are days where it’s difficult to leave work at work. So it’s important for me (and for all of us I would venture to guess) to be able to open my front door and step into a place that is serene. A place where “work” is not allowed to enter. I’m still learning how to do that. I’ve gotten better at it in 2016 – I think….
No matter the typical things, it’s a busy time of year for all of us. I do believe, in many respects, we are slowly walking away from the “stuff” of Christmas and focusing more on the gift of the person it represents. At least it is this in my world. In my home, we have long given up the need to spend and overdecorate and hurry here and there. Our focus is on each other and those closest to us and what happiness we can bring to others outside our immediate world. These are the magical times, the times that bring me the most joy. And the most tranquility. I am not ashamed to say that our Christmas decorations were put away on December 26th!! The ornaments on the tree and a few other treasures are meaningful and bring back wonderful memories, but it is just stuff. I would much rather sit and share a memory or two – and a lot of laughter – with my friends and family.
As you close out 2016, look back over it and seek to remember the moments of joy. Focus your heart on those memories that bring a smile to your face – the ones that made you laugh. Where were you then? Who was with you? What were you doing at the time? What was the day like? Warm? Cold? Sunny? Rainy? Try to bring back the good stuff. Hone in on how good it felt at that time and, then, share the memory with someone. It may not make sense to them if they weren’t there but you will be giving someone a piece of what brings you joy. Sharing. Isn’t this the essence of life?
If you’re in a quandary trying to remember joyful times, let that be your goal for 2017. Celebrate the moments that matter. Share them, write them down and look back on them. There’s a great little idea that I think I will be trying starting tomorrow. Find a jar with a lid. Decorate it if you wish. Every day for the next year, write down something good that happened. Place it in the jar and at the end of the year you will be reminded of what a wonderful year it was.
You will, hopefully, notice that I didn’t suggest looking back over 2016 and focusing on what didn’t go so well. If it didn’t feel good at the time, it certainly won’t feel good now. Why rehash what didn’t work? Let it be. I can’t stress this enough. Please do not let disappointment linger in your life. There is so much more that is worthy of your attention! Every moment is an opportunity to do things, see things, feel things differently. Keep your heart pure and simple.
Simple. Loving. Good.
Peaceful. Allow 2017 to be a year of peace for you (and don’t forget to share it with someone).
Happy New Year from my heart to yours, Diane