Sitting on my fridge is a post-it that says, “It is the New Year.” This is to remind me that the magic of the new year can be recreated every day. Is there anything special about this day, the celebration, and the festivities? The new year historically has been changed on us before, so is it only symbolic in nature? This symbolic nature, with out much other significant meaning (correct me if I am wrong), is important though. The true “new day” feeling gets exaggerated once a year to inspire possibility, resolutions, and occasionally real change in one’s life. I must then ask, “Can we not remember that with every day comes a new year?”
The post-it note on my fridge is not a reminder of the day, today the 1st of 2009, as it fades into history but an ever present reminder of today, tomorrow, and the day after as it is the very real present. The new year becomes ever present and ever inspiring. This is just a pipe dream unless I can ground it in a bit of an exercise beyond mental trickery and motion emotion.
“Emotion comes from motion, so what we are physically doing affects our mood. Your feelings are tied to your movement…so if you want to change your state of emotion, physically do something different.”
So how do you do something about it!? You are going to have the best year ever. Now stop, before you go off rattling resolutions and plans. No really, stop your head. You are going to have the best year ever. Ask yourself, “What would have to change for me to be completely fulfilled, to have the best year ever?” The answers should have nothing else to do with anything but yourself, stuff you can do. Clear your mind and repeat again if you aren’t there yet. Why can’t you have the best year ever? Lighten up. See if you can ask yourself this every day. Can you stop taking the stories you’ve created about your life and those around you so seriously?
Still feeling hopeless? Stop taking your calculating self so seriously and save the possibilities of life to a part of you that does better with it, your gut, your central self. The pieces are small, one new day and new year at a time. Why think about making a whole year the best ever when you can just make it the best ever living it a day at a time.
Tomorrows a new year, all over again. How are you going to have the best year ever?
Much of this entries philosophical inspiration came from a book “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander. You can pick up the book on Amazon here: The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life