My Bean says she used to feel sad when things ended, but now she looks forward to the new beginning of something else instead.
The year, 2016, is nearly over and, frankly, many are cheering its demise. So many beloved people died this year that it was virtually unbelievable to the extreme. Others are still mourning the election process, though we prefer not to even think about it. It’s over…like the year. We need to move forward into 2017 and see it with clear heads.
The thing about endings is that it’s like an opportunity for something new (and hopefully better) to be born and develop. We are personally grateful to have lived through the year (particularly this one) and to be moving forward into the next. Bean and I make positive resolutions for the new year. Hope is our key word, our mantra. Most people aren’t terribly realistic in their resolutions. I suspect that the key to a good resolution is to not make lots of them, but just one reasonable one, a resolution one is likely to see grow to fruition. Then you can look back and be proud of the accomplishment, however minor it was to begin with, and however minorly you accomplished it.
People say they want to get their house organized, lose 40 pounds, quit smoking, etc. Those are all great goals, but need some moderation. They might change them to say they would like to organize a specific, small space (and see where that takes them); say they would like to try to lose a few pounds (less pressure than a specific number); or to work on smoking less. Make the goals and resolutions doable. Small goals actually completed can help spur you on to even greater accomplishments. Try it.
My Human Bean and I wish you all the brightest and best in the new year to come.
Farewell 2016: welcome 2017!