Whew! We made it! Looks like we’ve made it! The strife is o’er, the battle done; now is the Victor’s triumph won; O let the song of praise be sung!
Did you think you would live to see this day? Now that it’s here, how do you feel? How did you spend this year, 2020? Did you spend this year, holding your breath just to see the sun set on this defining year in the history of mankind? Did you remain on your marks during this year? Did you get set?
I hope this year was your year to go…or let go. I hope this was your year to part ways with the old and step into the new. After all, you’ve had 365 days in which to free yourself of the stranglehold of the vain things that sometimes charm us most.
It is my hope that this year was the one in which, crudely fashioned as the header image to this post is or not, you did allow yourself to be reshaped and to be refashioned.
What are the new skills that you learnt this year? What are the dormant skills that you allowed to be revived? What are the skills that you allowed to be developed – skills that you knew you had, but you allowed them to be put to new use?
How has this year reshaped your lenses so that you look at things differently? As Wayne Dyer says, ‘If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.
My friend, I encourage you to let your wins in what was a challenging year for all guide you as you step into the new year.
I have seen many launch out on their own, discover new talents and skills. I have seen many celebrate skills that had been lying dormant. I have walked alongside others who were stopped dead in their tracks and set in a new and better direction. I have witnessed many discover their purpose and embrace it for the first time. If you ask me, this has been a fantastic year. I have enjoyed the peace that comes through reconciliation and being reunited with loved ones.
This is not to disregard the pain that many of us have experienced losing loved ones to COVID-19 and other illnesses. I have, and have had close friends and relatives lose loved ones, as well as come face-to-face with the threat of cancer and other terminal ailments. I have seen others lose their jobs for the first time in their lives. It’s painful, it’s sobering and maybe even devastating. What I have seen emerge on the other side of those experiences, however, is a resilience that good fortune would never have proved to them that they had.
So, on this, the last day of 2020, make your list, not of new year’s resolutions, but of in-year accomplishments. Tomorrow is promised to no-one. Therefore, I encourage you: celebrate what has been accomplished and step forward on that platform. Change the things you focus on. Focus on what has been done, focus on the new thing that has been done for tomorrow will take care of itself.
Love, peace and joy to you and yours.