Happy Holidays, Celebrationists!
I hope your celebrations of the season have been filled with family (given or chosen), fun, and private moments for relaxing and recharging. As I sit here thinking about the coming year, and procrastinating about updating my health care coverage, I keep coming across articles with titles like New YEAR, New YOU. For some reason, that phrase has burned itself in my mind, and is making me think about the following….
1.) I am thankful for my new NutriBullet! I’d been wanting one, but wasn’t necessarily expecting to get it for Christmas!
2.) I am thankful for two very special high school friends who always make time for me when I’m home every year at this time. We’ve been friends for fourteen years, and reconnecting with them has become a really special part of my year.
3.) I am thankful that my sister is coming back to New York with me! She’ll spend New Year’s Eve in the city with me, and stay a couple of days into the new year : )
So. New Year, New You. *Insert GONG sound effect* I understand what these articles are aiming to accomplish, I think. They are offering the idea that January 1st is the perfect time to reinvent ourselves – whatever that means to us. A good time for setting goals, planning ambitious missions, and making changes – because the year is new and so are we.
What interests me more though, is the idea that we are constantly new. The millions of encounters, successes, tragedies, and new people we experience on a moment to moment basis make us ever-changing on an intellectual, emotional, psychological, and cellular level. To say we can reinvent ourselves beginning on January 1st is a great reminder…but I think it’s also wonderful to remind ourselves that we ARE ALREADY new, and that every day we have the opportunity to set new goals, make new missions, and choose to see the world differently. I also say this as someone who enjoys New Year’s resolutions. Just last night at dinner, I asked my family if they had been thinking about any goals for the new year, and we chatted about it for awhile. But maybe the important thing is not to get hung up on numbers. Not get stressed out by dates, or allow ourselves to get trapped by those pesky “frenemies” guilt and shame, who beat up our insides when we don’t “achieve” by a certain deadline…a deadline we’ve set ourselves.
So my wish for all of us, Celebrationsists, as we LEAP into 2015, is this: that we remember that no one is in the driver’s seat of our lives but US. That we each have the ability at any moment to make a change, take a risk, and accept all the good that wants to come into our lives and bless us. That if we feel compelled to set new goals, that we do so for ourselves and the benefit and beauty of our own happiness. That we remain gentle and kind to ourselves if we slip up. Because we are perfect works in progress, just as we are : )
As we bring 2014 to a close, I want to end this final post of the year with a thank you to all the GBDs who have been a part of this first year of my blog. All their names are listed below, with a link to their respective websites. If you’d like to do a Little Bit of Good today, check out their wonderful work again, and if you feel particularly inspired by someone – send them a little note to tell them so : ) I think all of us, at one point or another wonder if anything we do in this life is really making a difference. You may never know the impact you’ll have by letting someone know that they are : )
Week 1: Jacey Powers – http://www.thattimeihadcancer.com
Week 2: Lindsay Tanner – http://www.villageplaybacktheatre.org
Week 3: Katie Berger – http://www.angelatheuke.blogspot.com
Week 4: Jacqueline Raposo – http://thedustybaker.com
Week 7: Sarah Rae Mitchel – http://www.broadwaycares.org
Week 8: Rachel Handler – http://rachelhandler.webs.com
Week 10: Jillian Ratliff – http://www.fearmonster.org
Week 14: Pam Berger – http://www.fearmonster.org
Week 17: Sarah Cronk – http://www.thesparkleeffect.org
Week 18: Marlana LaCivita – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-infinite/1563323143902442
Week 19: Pam Smith – http://www.petpalanimalshelter.com
You can also find a the photos of these amazing all-stars in the photo section of the Little Bits of Good Facebook page!
Happy New Year to all, and see you in 2015!