Just as they do every year, the holidays have gone by so fast, I barely had time to enjoy them. December was a full month for me; starting this website, devoting much time to charity work, and finding the time to celebrate the season with friends
and family. It was not only full, but fulfilling. Now that January is here, I’m looking forward to a little quiet in my life, and ready to start a fresh new year.
I’ve had many friends ask me what my New Year’s resolution is. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe we should resolve each and every day to live the best life we possibly can. We should resolve to learn from life lessons and grow every chance we get. Looking back on this past year, I realize there were many lessons presented in my life. It seems that I had more in 2012 than in any other year. Some, I learned from, some I chose to ignore, which means they will eventually come back until I get it right.
After I started my blog, I began to pay more attention to each moment that passed, delving more into the meanings of
things instead of taking each moment for granted. To me, this has been one of the greatest blessings of the past year. I
now absorb every experience, I now wonder about ever person, every event and try to see a connection, and usually, there is one.
I’ve experienced several people coming and going from my life throughout the past twelve months. Examining each incident, I realize I have slowly let go (and sometimes, reluctantly) of people who brought negativity into my life. Sometimes, it’s difficult to release such people. Ending a friendship can be more difficult than ending a romantic relationship. But in the end, I realized whenever I was around these people, I was tense, I was stressed, and I noticed they never had my best interest at heart, only their own. What this did was create a pathway to allow more positive, more caring people into my life. I am now surrounded by such love, and people who support me completely. I am more blessed than I have ever been. I love to quote a line from one of my all time favorite movies, The Sound Of Music: “Whenever God closes a door, he always opens a window.” This year, I discovered this was true.
I’m looking forward to 2013. I have no doubt it’s going to be a good year. I notice from friends and the various social media outlets, that I’m not the only one who feels this way. With all the tragedies that accompanied the culmination of 2012, coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar, I noticed a surge in hopefulness. There was no talk of doomsday or depressing sentiments forecasting troubling times. There is so much optimism, and this is contagious, since it makes me feel encouraged as well. Or perhaps, it’s because I have rid my life of negative influences. Either way, it promises positive things to come.
I wish a Happy New Year to you all. Each year, when January 1st comes around, even though it’s just another day, it feels as though we are starting once again from a clean slate. We shouldn’t have to feel this way only once a year, but each morning as we wake up. So, don’t make New Years resolutions, make daily resolutions. I guarantee, you will see your life change for the better.
-Theresa M Heim