Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year! Now, leave the past in the past



It's almost time to ring in the new year. Looking back, this year has been a year of many ups and downs for me. I'm sure many of you can relate. Life is like that. We take the good with the bad, and then we press on. The key here is that we press on.

In the past, pressing on has been the difficult part for me. I have a tendency to get caught up in thinking too much about past events. It's a dangerous rabbit hole to fall into, for sure. The descent into darkness is often quick, and getting out of it can feel like climbing a mountain. It is best to focus on the future, rather than try to live in the past.

Honestly, I'm still a work in progress in this area, but I continue to try. To me, this is the beauty of celebrating the new year. It's not just good a time to spend time with family and friends; it's a great time to leave the past in the past and look to the future. A new year brings new opportunities. The new year is a new chance to live the life you want, rather than think about how everything went wrong in the past year.

We can't change our past, but we can take what we have learned and move forward. New year means new beginnings. It's time to make all those changes for the better. I don't just mean resolutions that will fall away in a few weeks, either. Set some big goals, dare to dream big, and really go out there and live the life you always hoped was possible. Let nothing hold you back, especially not bad memories from the past.

Happy New Year, my friends! Let us welcome 2014 and leave 2013 where it belongs. Make new memories and make your dreams come true. Be blessed. See you in 2014!

4 comments:

  1. Your post reminded me of a quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce: "The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day". Here's to learning from the past, but not getting so tied to it that we stop moving forward. All the best to you for 2014, Kahu :)

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    1. Thanks, Diane! All the best to you in 2014 as well.

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  2. Very thoughtful and inspiring, Kahu. I once dwelled on the past so much that I often found myself self-loathing and stuck there; surrounded and succumbed by the demons which kept me there. And like yourself, I'm still a work in process. But instead of dwelling on my past, I've decided to use my mistakes to help pave a better light for others.
    Sending you some big warm wishes and positive vibes your way for 2014. You are absolutely right; make new memories and all of your dreams come true. Our ventures are our future and our paths are the ones which we create. Happy to have stumbled upon your blog this morning!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I, too, know the feeling of being stuck in my self-loathing. I have spent much time there. I think it is awesome how you are helping others. Best wishes to you in 2014 as well!

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