Named for the two-faced Roman god Janus, January is a time to look back – and forward. Janus is the god of beginnings and endings, of doorways and gates, of time and transitions, and passages, as he looks to the future and back to the past. For without reflection on the past, the dream of a new, bright future is hard to imagine.
The end to the year is here – and the beginning of another is upon us. December 31 and January 1 – we straddle the past and the future, the end and the start.
This is what I’d like you to do today, on the very first day of the New Year.
I’d like you to reflect on your year in its totality – between January 1st and December 31, 2016: the hard times and the tears, but the great times, too. There is always at least one – and, if you reflect, there are many, many more.
Okay. As you reflect, write down all the amazing things from 2016. Handwrite them – don’t type them. There’s something about writing by hand – from your heart to your hand, from your soul to your hand – that makes those great things seem even more real.
Here are some thought starters for you. Write yours down in a list, and really think about how each made you feel – and why.
- A new child in your life
- A degree in school
- Paying down (or paying off!) a debt
- Moving into a new home
- Finding or rekindling love
- Planting a garden
- Creating a painting
- Writing a book/play/song
- Being cancer-free
- Adopting a shelter pet
- Landing a new job
- Being with family and friends
- Volunteering at the soup kitchen
Now, once you have that list and have reflected on each one, tear each good thing into its own strip of paper, fold it once or twice, and put each “blessing” in a jar that you’ll label “2016.”
Guess what? This is going to prepare you for 2017. For any hard times, for any pain. You can go right back to that jar, close your eyes, and pull one “great 2016 moment” from the jar. The good from the previous year can get you through any rocky times in the coming year.
And now that you know how buoyant that feeling of fabulous is, I’d like you to get a jar and label THAT, “Sensational 2017.” DO IT NOW.
This time, you won’t have to wait until the end of the year to write everything down. Now, every time something good happens – no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be – write it down on a strip of paper and place it in the jar. As you do this, think about how this star of happiness made you feel. Why did it make you feel that way? Was it because you proved to yourself you could do “it” – whatever that it may be? Or was it because it made your heart happy?
You want to focus on moments that light your soul, engulf your heart with happy, and inspire your mind.
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it”- Amelia Earhart
So what are you waiting for?
Send us some of your inspirational events so we can share in your accomplishments!