It’s December 26th…the day after Christmas. Can you believe it? The world didn’t end. The apocalypse didn’t happen. And we had a white Christmas! Well, sort of white. More like a dusting that disappeared when you sneezed. But it was at least white!
I must say, I’m jealous of the South and Wisconsin who got a ton of snow, though because I love snow. Call me crazy, but there’s just something about the quiet purity of freshly fallen snow. It speaks of new beginnings, a clean slate, a new start. Have you ever stood outside at night, after a blizzard and the bright moonlight bathes the glistening snow with an otherworldly blue glow? The birds have hushed their twittering cries. The world is muffled and time slows to a snail’s pace. You breathe in and the scent of heaven pierces your lungs.
Winter is a time of reflection – everything dies off or goes within itself to grow and be renewed once Spring heralds its arrival again. Winter invites us to quiet the mind, still the soul, and crystallize our inner workings. It represents a death or sleep, hibernation if you will, only to be awoken and reborn into the warm sun.
The beginning of a new year – 2013. Now is the time to reflect on the past and meditate on the changes we want or need for our future. I pose a similar question for the new year as I did for Christmas – What do you want from 2013? What do you need from the new year? What are your goals, your desires, your dreams, and your wishes? We all vow the most common ones – lose weight, diet, exercise, eat healthy, spend less, and on. But I want you to really think about this one. Think deeper and look inside yourself to the core of you. What is it you want or need from this new beginning?
Do you need a fresh start? Do you need to rebuild your marriage? Or do you need to let something painful go? Are there others that you need to forgive? Do you need to forgive yourself? What brings you joy, hope, and peace? What about contacting that friend you’ve been meaning to make time for? Or engaging in child-play with your young one, letting yourself see the world anew through their eyes? Is there someone you love who needs to be reassured of your love? Do they know how much you care? Has a broken soul been tugging upon your heart? What about your lackluster career? What is it you want to be “when you grow up?” How do you achieve that dream? How do you achieve any dream you desire?
By reaching out and firmly taking hold of your life. Only you can be the change, the catalyst, and the driver. No one else is going to do it for you. Make 2013 the year of YOU – becoming who you are meant to be, in all your beautifulness and messiness. Celebrate New Year’s with joie de verve, an exultation of spirit. You only have one life, so you better make it the best life you possibly can!