The last few remaining hours of a now ‘old’ year are nearly through and a new year is in the wings waiting to be welcomed in. It’s during these last few days of each December I think about the year almost passed. I reflect on what was good and not so good, what worked and what didn’t work. Friends and family who sadly are no longer with me, new friends and family gained. Personal and professional highs and achievements and then there are the lessons (I try not to think of things that haven’t worked as failures, rather lessons). I decide to let go of things that weigh me down and no longer serve me. I think of what brings me positivity, fulfilment, joy, and I work out how I can build on that for my new year ahead.
Now around this time online media, magazines and the like are full of ‘New Year, New You’ articles. I don’t know about you, but ‘new’ you / me doesn’t sit that comfortably with me because I’m not new, I’m me, and I’ve been around for quite a few years now, so to pretend I’m new, throwing out the old me, feels discounting in a way but I do like to let go of anything that I no longer need. Googling the meaning of ‘new’ I’ve settled on ‘beginning anew and in a transformed way’, I like that.
A few days ago I read an inspiring article which ended with a call to action inviting readers to create a single word that encompassed their ‘old’ year’s reflections and how they would like their new year ahead to be. It took only a minute or two to come up with my chosen word and 2018 for me is focusing on BALANCE. There’s the old joke that a balanced diet is a glass of wine in one hand and a cake in the other, humour aside (and anyway I’m not a cake lover), I’ve decided that there will be more balance of my down time versus work and training courses, more balance of the food I eat, the exercise I take, the pressure I can sometimes put on myself versus letting myself off the hook, my needs alongside others needs. I’ve planned and written down how I will achieve my balance which will no doubt be a work in progress that gets adjusted when needed, for I’ve learnt to hold loosely ‘best laid plans and all that’.
So here’s my call to action for you.
What do you want more of and less of in 2018? What’s worked for you and what hasn’t? Are there certain people in your life that you want to be around more, or are there certain people that it would benefit you to be around less? What’s your word for 2018?
When you decide to go for counselling or therapy, you are investing in yourself and I would love to support you on your journey. Feel free to send me an email, text or call. Very shortly you will have 12 new chapters and 365 new chances waiting for you to ‘begin anew and in a transformed way’.
Happy New Year Everyone!