Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen so many posts on social media about being “over” 2016. I understand the sentiment. Even outside of current events and beloved celebrity deaths, it seems the year was not an easy one for many of us.
As most of us tend to do at the new year, I find myself reflecting on the events of the past year, and envisioning 2017. I’ve been asking myself a variety of questions, including:
How do I want to feel in 2017?
What do I want to do in 2017?
How will I contribute in meaningful ways in 2017?
Perhaps these questions are useful for you, as well. I encourage you to be introspective and self-reflective, to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going personally and professionally in the upcoming year.
What intentions are you setting for the new year?
What are you envisioning will make your life even better this year?
In addition to whatever is already on your mind, I’d love to make a few suggestions:
- Let’s commit to releasing negativity and cynicism, and figuring out how to let go of what has not been serving us over the past year. (Sure, where there is lightness, there is also darkness – but it’s probably not helping you much to dwell in the dark.)
- Let’s figure out how we want to feel – and commit to our visions for a kinder, more loving future.
- Let’s begin 2017 with open minds and hearts.
A more beautiful, peaceful world is possible if we are able to forgive ourselves our shortcomings and weaknesses, release our judgments about others, and continue to choose love.
This is the beginning of choosing to live an open-hearted life – being open to joy, open to delight, open to the things that hurt (because they are part of life, too), forgiving ourselves and others along the way, being authentic, kind, and courageous.