New Year Resolution or Reflect and RefreshJan Hiscock
I don’t know about you but I always like to make new plans when we step into a new year. 2019 is promising to be a year of moving forward being a number 3 year in numerology. This year will offer lots of opportunities for creativity, self-expression and having fun too, although this does come with a small warning attached – not to have so much fun that you forget your responsibilities!
The practise of New Year’s resolutions appear to have started with the Babylonians who made promises to their Gods at the beginning of the year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the God Janus to whom the month of January is named. In Medieval Times the knights made a vow of chivalry for the coming year. Nowadays New Year’s resolutions are more about getting in shape, losing weight, taking more exercise which for most of us seems to fall flat on its face as we are still eating the Christmas chocolate and it’s too cold to venture outside!
I tend to steer away from making New Year resolutions that I know I am not going to keep. Instead I prefer to reflect and refresh ready for the year ahead and make a plan. This is how I will begin:
Take the time to reflect on the blessings of the past year.
Reflect on the lessons I learned.
Allow myself time to think about what I would like to achieve this year.
Then think of one small step that I can do each day, week and month to help me achieve my goal. Remember small steps lead to big things.
Reflecting on the blessings of the previous year enable us to remember all the good things that happened, to be grateful for all the wonderful things we have received, for the world we live in, the abundance that surrounds us. This is not just remembering to say “thank you” although this is a wonderful thing to do, not only making us feel good but also those around us, gratitude is a way of being, a way of life.
Reflecting on the lessons I have learned this year enable me to look at things that may have felt negative or challenging at the time. I have learnt from either my mistakes or from emotional/physical challenges. This has helped me to continue to grow and develop both spiritually and emotionally. So instead of looking back on the bad times, I look back on what lessons I have learnt and how I can use these to move forwards this year.
Allowing myself time to plan always seems like a luxury. I caught myself saying “I don’t have time to just sit and think – what will everyone think!” Well sit and think I have done and I am nowhere near finished yet. It is not a luxury, it is not being lazy, it is not wasting time sitting about, it is a valuable use of my time. By allowing myself to sit and ponder, as lots of our predecessors did – the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Weber and Freud to name but a few – has given me the opportunity to really think about what is important for me to strive for.
Allowing myself to sit in the quiet, listen to what is happening around me, hearing the birds sing, listening to the song of my soul is what will prepare me for the year ahead.
Small steps is the key for this year and I will be using my Tarot cards to help me with this. I will be using my CLOCK OF CLARITY spread to give me a focus for each month so that I know what I will need to aim for.
Meditation will also be key to help me to be still, be quiet and listen to my inner voice, to hear what my soul has to say.
Resolution or reflection and refresh?
I choose reflection and refresh every time.
I choose to use my energy to focus on moving forwards through gratitude, positive thinking and optimism.
I choose to open my arms to change, embrace new experiences and the variety of wonderful opportunities that are coming my way.
And finally big gratutide to Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz for the joy he gives to us on a day to day basis for his wonderful creation of the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon characters.