The holiday rush is over and I’m grateful for this quiet moment to sit down and muse. I’ve been thinking a lot about the New Year and my already laid out plan to live a happier and healthier existence. Though the New Year brings inspiration, motivation and a sense of renewal the time to make a resolution is when you realize that positive change needs to be made.
As I examined where I was and dreamed about what’s to come I reflected on all the changes this year has brought. There were a few (timely and necessary) shakeups and many unexpected blessings. Because of this I realized that I needed to do a little more than fine tune my current efforts and that some areas needed a total shift. In order to foster growth I knew I had to let go of many things, including relationships and some personal beliefs that I had built up over the years that no longer suited my purpose. At first I thought no problem! I learned the art of letting go a long time ago so it should be no big deal, right?
Reality (always so very timely) hit swift and hard. It was easier to embrace letting go of things that were blatantly disruptive to my life. But how do I embrace letting go of people that haven’t wronged me, and are just not right for where I need to be? How do I give up personal beliefs that were comfortable, familiar and just slowed me down just a little bit? The answer that came up over and over through my moments of prayer and meditation for clarity was step by step, one day at a time. I took comfort in knowing that it didn’t have to happen all at once and in some cases it would be easier than I thought.
Take a moment right now and think about all the positive changes and growth that you want to experience as we enter the next blessed year. Know that there may be people, habits and even beliefs that you need to let go of in order to truly fulfill your desire. An unkown author beautifully quotes "there are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life."
Letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s just the beginning. In order for a new chapter to begin we must learn and move on from the last.