Every New Year presents a beautiful new beginning. I love that about life! It’s a glorious opportunity to take only what I need into the new year and leave the rest behind.
In fact, I love new beginnings so much, I don’t wait 365 days for the next new year to come around. For me, every day is a new beginning. So is every week and every month.
As you can see, I take advantage of every opportunity to separate the darkness of the past from the light of my bright and hopeful future. If I didn’t, the past would keep tagging along. And where it tags, it also taints.
The key to beginning a new year unfettered is to let go of the pain of the past. What makes this possible is forgiveness. It is only by forgiving myself and others that I can release the demons of the past and move forward with a renewed heart and mind.
In fact, that is precisely how the Be Unstoppable blog was born. Although I didn’t disclose this detail in my very first blog post, the new beginning I wrote about was ushered in by an unexpected divorce.
At the time, I didn’t have a vision for the new life ahead of me. All I knew was I had to let go of my past in order to move forward into my future. And I’ve been doing it every day ever since.
What makes moving into a New Year of new beginnings even more beautiful is spending the last five days of the old year engaged in a Year-End Ritual. I started this practice in December 2016, curious if it had any merit. Now, after expanding it in 2017, I am giving it a permanent and beloved place in my annual routine.
Reviewing last year’s losses and gains, longings and learnings, insights and inspirations is powerful. The process is profoundly healing. It provides more than an invitation to recover and reboot from the failures and disappointments of all the yesterdays. It also allows me to refocus, reclarify, and readjust my vision for the future.
Wanting to make an even cleaner break going into this new year, I did three significant things to strengthen the separation. First, I finished the books I was reading. Second, I took down all the Notes to Self posted in my bathroom to makes room for fresh insights. Third, I chose a new theme for the new year, and placed it on top of last year’s theme in the frame on my desk.
It reads: Forgetting what is behind and leaning into what is ahead, I move forward toward the goal knowing God has great plans for me!
As you begin this new year of your life, what part of your past do you need to put behind you in order to move forward? Do you need to forgive someone who hurt you? Do you need to forgive yourself?
What will you take with you into the new year? What wisdom gleaned from your past will help you navigate your future?
Is there a theme that might inspire you to stay on the course you have charted for your life? If you have yet to chart one, perhaps this will be the year you begin to dream again.
You have the power to dream. You also have the power to make your dreams a reality. All it takes is putting one foot in front of the other.
As you do, I hope you will trust God to guide you forward into the future He has prepared specifically, carefully and lovingly for you. Then, you can be assured of having a Happy New Year!
Godspeed, my friends!