2018 is here. I have read and heard various ones prognosticating about what will happen this year. The truth is none of us know. For that reason, it is important to be open to the possibilities of the year rather than dreading what may come. As the Prayer for New Year’s I posted last week reflects, we must accept and know that love and peace prevail in the midst of seeming chaos.
We Cannot Allow Negativity to Overshadow the Good in Life
We cannot allow negativity to overshadow the Good in life. It is important that as we go forth in this new year that we stay focused on any intentions and/or goals we have set for ourselves and our communities. I know that for some this can sound like wishful thinking but as many studies have shown, our attitude about life makes a difference in how and what we experience in life. The Buddha is quoted to have said that “‘[w]hat we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” When we approach life with the an attitude that all things are possible, it greatly changes how we live and how we experience what happens in our lives.
We Must Not Limit What We Think Is Possible
We must not limit what we think is possible. I am reminded of the fact that no one thought that Doug Jones could win the Senate race in Alabama when he first announced early in 2017. On a personal level, I have had many happy surprises including one this past weekend where I got an unexpected gift that was beautiful and perfect. Life is filled with such examples when we pay attention to life.
Welcome 2018 With Open Arms
If you are hesitant or anxious about 2018, shift your point of view and welcome 2018 with open arms. I know it may require being uncomfortable. It can be challenging to let go of negative thoughts or skepticism about the future. At the same time, we are called to continue to, as Denis Waitley writes, “[e]xpect the best; convert problems into opportunities; [b]e dissatisfied with the status quo; [f]ocus on where you want to go, instead of where you’re coming from….” At this time when a fresh, unused new year begins, embrace it with the joyous expectancy of wonderfully divine blessings and surprises.