The New Year. The newness that is felt once that crystal ball in New York City is dropped flows at the speed of light from Times Square to all cities, towns and households throughout our country and beyond. It creates a sense that all things are possible. We now have a clean slate to work with and it is our opportunity to start new.
This is certainly true and the amazing thing is that it is true every day of the year, not just on January 1st. In fact it is true every minute of every hour of every day. At any given moment we have the ability to make new choices, take different actions, behave differently, think differently and hold our visions of who we are as a person differently. We don’t have to wait for the change of the calendar; we can make the change at any point in our lives.
The new light of the New Year shines on our past mindsets, behaviors and actions much brighter and it makes the results of those decisions appear much clearer as we reflect back. This light also gives us the vision to the future and what opportunities lay ahead if we make changes today.
This light erases the darkness of complacency where our potential is clouded by the stagnant humdrum activities of our normal day. Each morning, we get up, get ready for work, drive there, do our job, come home, eat dinner, watch a little tv, go to bed, and then start the whole routine over again the next day. This routine becomes our habit. It becomes our identity of who we are. Then, often times at the end of the year, we look back at what we have accomplished and sigh the sigh of disappointment because we feel that the results have not lived up to our potential. This is common, it is ordinary, and the reason for it is not due to our lack of vision around what we could do differently, it is due to the lack of clarity around who we are, who we want to be and what we want to accomplish and then the lack of taking those specific steps that will get us there. The darkness of the ordinary clouds out the brightness of possibility. Our daily existence blocks the potential and we get so trapped in our lives that we forget to live them intentionally. This battle of dark and light plays out every minute of every day and without a clear awareness of this battle, the stronger of the two wins. Once we are aware of the battle however, we can take the necessary steps to aid in the elimination of the darkness so that the light can take over. We can shift our mindset to give our behaviors new strength. This strength can impact others in new and more positive ways that create new and more positive actions that produce new and more positive results.
I often think, “How am I impacting the world?” Am I a force for good? Am I a force for complacency? Am I doing the things that I am capable of to help improve the planet on which I live? At the end of the year I look back and see that I could always do more. The darkness impacts the light. It is up to me, it is up to all of us to see the darkness as just a shadow that, with the shine of a bright light of optimism, focus, and action, can be wiped clean.
Just like the New Year.