Upcoming New Year
In an attempt to operate with full transparency, I scoured the internet for inspiration regarding the composition of the newsletter. I came across this quote and thought it offered a perspective removed from the dreaded making of New Year’s resolutions.
When I was younger, I would embrace the New Year with bold resolutions that I just knew I would accomplish. As the years past, I felt I was growing more despondent with each resolution unmet. I found myself focusing on what I had not accomplished instead of the wonderful events that had occurred in the year. One year, I decided to do something completely different. As the cheer of the New Year was approaching, I sat in silence and reflected on the many things revealed
to me over the year. Situations that revealed strength, resilience, friendship and hope. Mistakes made were dissected for poignancies.
From that moment, I changed the way embraced the New Year. After reflecting on the year, I began to reflect on what would be revealed to me in the year to come. I made it more about my hopes for the New Year. I didn’t so much as set goals, as referenced below, but instead focused on revelations.
“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down - as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.
The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
― Melody Beattie
, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency
As the New Year approaches, I encourage each of you to be mindful of 2015’s revelations and dare to dream of what 2016 has in store for you.
-Brandi Granoff, NAMI HC Board Member
Monday, January 4 at 7pm
Linda Coutant and Elaine Gray
Learn simple practices in breathing and meditation. Come center yourself and learn how to do that throughout the year. Find out about resources to help you with living a more mindful life.