Today is the final day of 2016. Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed. Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year. You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as you like but you can’t change anything that’s already happened. Some review time is necessary in order to learn from the past. Holding on tightly to past events is not necessary. Do your best to let go of associated thoughts and feelings. Do your best to live in the present.
Together with reflection, at this time of year there’s generally also a lot of talk about how we would like the coming year to pan out. Resolutions, plans and so on. Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to plan the pants off the whole year. We can’t predict the future. The best-made plans can go awry at any stage. Do your best to stay away from la-la land. Do your best to live in the present.
Finally, I have a little request, if that’s ok with you. I’m politely asking you to please take the time to read a blog post I wrote earlier in the year. This one: ‘Riding the Waves of Life’.
Did you click on the link?
The reason I encourage you to read about ‘riding the waves of life’ is to remind you that life naturally flows up and down. Like ocean waves, there are times when life is scary, dull, exhilarating, congested, choppy etc. If you have been reflecting on the past year, do not be surprised if it was not all plain sailing. If you are making resolutions for 2017, do not expect 365 days of fair weather and smooth waters.
The more effort we make to cultivate a strong, flexible mind, the easier it will become to ride life’s waves with balance, grace and wisdom. Personally, this is something I will continue to work on. Year after year.
Happy wishes to all from me.