In this time of personal reflection that leads us to New Year’s Resolutions we promise ourselves to quit bad habits and create new and healthy ones, but such determination seldom lasts beyond the following month.
So in this ‘new year’, in which we start with the same health and wealth as the previous days, I propose that we celebrate each day as a new beginning full of endless opportunities. We could start the day without blaming ourselves for the things that were not as desired and forgetting about the difficult times we had relating to others.
Instead of accumulating more and more ideas, possessions, acquaintances, I have decided to value the ones I already have and let go of the ones that were only occupying bulk space in my life.
An indigenous man from La Sierra once said that he felt very sorry for his ‘small siblings’ (us), who were so enslaved by the things they thought they owned. He felt free to share God’s given land, water and nature with anyone around him. He knew those things were there before he arrived, and they would outlive him.
His life, he said, was a challenging but peaceful journey through God’s paradise. Trying to keep a plant or an animal was a rupture of the sacred link that joins us all.
After listening to him, I said to myself: “How easy, but could I adjust to having no boundaries?” My culture has taught me to impose on myself and upon others limits that define each one of us.
I am aware that I cannot be a ‘native’, but I want to learn to carry less, be limited by less, and be more engaged with life.
Can you think of different ways in which you can celebrate your day today? Can you accomplish a new look without having to spend money? Can you include others in that celebration? (Share lunch, take a walk, or something else?)
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you open your eyes to start the day? Do you take time to be thankful for the fact that you are alive? Can you make an inventory of every part of you that is working and able? Do you greet your significant other or whoever you see first with a smile of acknowledgement and love? Are you thankful for the bed you had, the water to bathe, the clothes to wear?
If routine has taken the luster out of your daily life, I wholeheartedly wish you a Happy New Year full of New Days to celebrate!
There is no magic entrance to happiness; on the contrary there is a journey of discovery where it is your choice to turn on your own magic making life meaningful or tedious.
If in the past you have run up big debts, resentments and bad relationships, give yourself a second chance everyday by changing what you can today.
The power to create is within all of us, we only have to begin by exercising it in small ways until it becomes a way of life where new days are always welcomed.
You have made it this far and you have the energy and possibility to find wisdom, love and peace around you if you dare to look at things from a different perspective!
So, just for today I will enjoy the day. I will work for justice. I will hear the music coming from the people. I will marvel at the ways in which God works. Tomorrow?... I am creating part of it right now, with my present. Have a wonderful each one of the 366 days of the year 2012!
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