What’s up 2016? How is it going? Are you still full of hope, ease and grace or are you struggling to not get ahead of yourself? You might be thinking, “Ahead of myself? Are you kidding? I just want to keep my life in sight!” Well, what I mean is are you letting your mind get ahead of yourself and feeling overwhelmed? It’s what we do. We make the decision to go forth with peace, love and intention and then things start going haywire. The detours make us believe we will never get on track again and that our goals are already being sidetracked.
Even when we know the New Year is going to begin with some challenges that were overflowing from the previous year, we still are hopeful. We have this crazy, sick, irrational idea that the bright, shiny New Year will magically meet us with a newfound zen! Well, if you ended 2015 with some serious enlightenment, you may have entered this New Year with the mentality that you can handle anything thrown your way. However, if you ended the year with that magical mindset that at the stroke of midnight something radical was going to change, you may have seen one too many Disney movies!
Honestly, I land somewhere in the middle. I always have a realistic view of what is ahead, but feel like a little pixie dust couldn’t hurt. We are a mere 11 days into the New Year and it’s been anything but smooth for a lot of us. Personally, my year thus far has been okay, but I still find myself trying to get ahead of the game, and not in a planning/organizational kind of way. I mean in a panicky, it’s time for my girls to leave and I didn’t do everything I wanted to and I forgot to give them instructions in case they lose their paddles while going upstream. You know, super useful stuff to get worked up about. Seriously, every time they leave I feel a sense of foreboding and excitement that leads to a long list of things I want to tell them right now and you know what? They are okay. The year is long. I have time. They don’t need to know how to circumvent every pitfall that they might encounter. It’s their journey and no matter how much I want to be ahead of them on the path to ensure their safety, I can’t. So, what’s a girl to do?
First, let’s remember that we still have 355 days left in this New Year because it is a Leap Year folks! That’s right, you get a bonus day! Take a deep breath and be grateful for where you are right now because I guarantee you that if you can’t find the good in where you are now, you aren’t going to find it in the middle of March either. I know, I know! Many of you are going through some seriously bad stuff right now and you can’t even see the light, but it’s there. Maybe you are in physical or emotional pain. Maybe you have recently lost someone or the fear of losing someone is so great that you feel unable to breathe. I get it. It’s hard.
Together, let’s take a collective breath and just be where we are right now. Don’t think about the next hour or the next day. Just be where you are and know that you are doing the best that you can right now. The here and now is all that matters. This New Year isn’t going anywhere and when you feel up to it, it’s going to be waiting for you.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G