Ernest Holmes said, “Never limit your view of life by any past experiences.”
What a great thought to begin the New Year as well as the start of each and every day. How many times have you heard the words. “I sure hope this year is better than last year!” I tend to say, “I know the New Year will be even greater than the year ending, and it was awesome!”
The New Year’s holiday has always fascinated me. It always looked like everyone but me was feeling something special. The excitement and the special plans and the chatter around a new year coming. I am beginning to get over it, but I have never felt anything and was pretty sure I was very different. Anyone else every feel like that?
I enjoy starting a New Year with a clean slate by doing a written inventory on what has worked, what didn’t work, and what I really like about me today. Sounds just like how I end all my days, doing a 10th step before I retire for the night.
Yes, living one day at a time and ending another year exactly as I end every day.
I start the New Year like I start each day, sober. A new year is also time to do an extended version of what I do each morning of each day which is to think about the twenty-four hours ahead (p. 86. Alcoholics Anonymous). I think about the year ahead and ask my Higher Power for direction in setting intentions and goals for the year ahead. Setting goals and intentions for the year makes it easier to live one day at a time.
When my goals for the new year are down in writing, it is so much easier to live the day I am doing. I am all about doing whatever it takes to making the “one day at a time” idea easier. When I have set my intentions for the year in writing, then all I have to think about is what I need to do today toward toward my goals. Setting my intentions for the year automatically directs my intention for each day which makes living one day at a time much easier.
Of course it goes without saying that nothing is greater than ushering in a new year sober. There may be some newcomers to recovery who are concerned about how to celebrate without drinking alcohol. But actually it is a greater high, for me, then any chemical I ever put into my body. For me, personally, it has always been the easiest night to stay sober because when I was actively consuming alcohol, New Year’s Eve was the one night of the year I stayed home. I called it “amateur day,” and a perfect night for me to rest.
As the current year ends, my focus is on what I learned about myself that will add to the gift of what I bring to the world. In the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, it tells us “Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.” (p. 77)
As a traveler on the road of recovery and a New Thought thinker, I am learning how to be the change I want to see in the world and the change in me is the gift I bring into each new day, and each new year. I set my intention to be of maximum service.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Carol Davis www.changelesschange.com
In gratitude, harmony and support,