January signals another glorious beginning, a gift to cherish or squander. It reminds me of Master Oogway, from Panda Kung Fu, quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why it’s called a present.”
Yesterday is history. I find that statement cleansing with the washing away of ‘whatever did or did not happen yesterday.’ I am thus renewed. From yesterday, I can glean from my mistakes and my triumphs to make a better today. At least, that’s the plan.
So, I started with goals, but this year I’m doing something different. You know, the Einstein quote of doing something the same way will garner the same outcome. Every. Flipping. Time.
Instead of making an endless list of things I want to accomplish, like I want to lose 10 pounds. I’m writing goals with an end result in mind. For example, I am healthy and energetic. I am eating healthy foods and having fun exercising. The goals are written as an affirmation. It’s not written as something to happen in the future, but is the state of being I am already in. Heh! Thinking positive here. Don’t know how this will work, but I’m giving it a do. Not trying, but doing as Yoda would recommend.
I’m also gathering up two glass jars and labeling one ‘happiness’ and the other ‘graditude’ to sit on my kitchen counter. If I may dip back into yesterday for a moment, there were times I could have used looking at a jar filled with moments of happiness and the joy of that ‘Yes’ pumping action. I know, you know what I’m talking about. We easily forget the moments that make us smile, when something we don’t want crowds our vision. It would have helped to see and read a jar containing scraps of paper filled with the good times to overcome the seemingly nonsense drowning me at the time. Besides, I believe the more I recognize the goodness in my life, more will be bestowed to me. I got the idea for the jars from two writers, Elizabeth Gilbert and Terry Lynn Johnson. Do check out their sites.
Well, this is my new beginning for 2014. Do you have any new rituals or old ones to share? Love to hear what they are.
Thanks for reading,
PS: Posted this on Speculative Salon too.