1. At the top of the list, has to be to meet friends and family you haven’t seen for ages. I know you’ll say, “I saw them at Xmas!” Yes, but did you have a great, big bash with long lost friends? There are only so many hours in a day. So, here’s your opportunity to catch up or to make amends because you’ve been a bit slack over the years.
2. If you haven’t already worked it out - it’s the party of the year – the New Year and who in their right minds would sleep through New Year? Well maybe you - last year, but it’s time to renew your dusty feathers and fly off to a wonderful party of infinite possibilities. I mean, if you’re up for it. Then, the third reason makes perfect sense.
3. A kiss under the remaining mistletoe; Auld Lang Syne; fireworks galore - while supping on a drink or two - surrounded by great, memorable company with lots of shared laughter is definitely the way to go. This has to be a draw card for anyone, right? You might even find the love of your life…
4. One might dust off the cobwebs, sharpen up the old pen - to work out what your New Year’s resolution might be - to point you toward greener pastures. You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals, who will therefore be keen to keep you accountable and on track. That means everything if you’re going to follow through, to keep your New Year’s resolution alive and kicking.
5. Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on how your year went. What were the highlights and what were the lows? Congratulate yourself on jobs well done and give yourself a good talking to, if you haven’t quite come up to par – but don’t be too hard on yourself. One has to enjoy life along the way.
6. Give thanks for all your blessings and the warm, kind, considerate and loving people who support your life – in highs and the lows. Both are equally important, for without which we would not truly sample a full life. Our helpers bring validity to our burdens; cheer and celebrate our strength, resilience and success when life shares its fruits.
7. It is a night of celebrations – of who you are as an individual and as a human being; a night that tells the world you have survived and tasted another year of life’s treasures.
8. It is a time to celebrate your relationships - the friends you have been blessed to meet, the family you bore to cherish, and it is a time to thoughtfully remember those who have set sail for heavens pearly gates.
9. New Year holds an opportunity to rest and wind down. Yet, it is a period of renewed energy, hope and vigour when we can set our sights on new horizons, new goals or on the realisation of past ones.
10. It is time to say sorry to oneself. To say, “I didn’t get it right or everything done, but don’t sweat it because it’s a New Year and I promise to do better, be better than the year now fading.”
And you know, that’s all we can do - for we are all students of the greatest classroom on earth. We all sit life’s tests – some of us pass, some fail, some of us study hard, some of us fly by the seat of our pants, while others cheat the system - trying to find all the short cuts. Yet, at the end of the year we can only sigh and say, “Well that was interesting. I wonder what life will throw at me this year?”
Downtime is everything, but we never seem to get enough of it! There is always something to do for someone else who might or might not appreciate all you do. However, it is up to us all to find that time - what’s really important? We can complain that we’d love to do this and that and spend time doing things that inspire us, with people who motivate us or with those that care for us. However, at the end of the day, all of these hopes and wishes just stay that - hopes and wishes. They never become reality, because they are never planned for or put on our list of priorities.
Just like you, I am guilty of this misdemeanor, I tell no lies. The above photo was taken with my son a few months ago and we have not spent quality time doing something together for such a long time. We both now live separate lives, our life demands are very different; we are separated by hundreds of kilometers. That should not deter us, but at times, it does.
So over the years, I have used other means of spending time together with love ones. Having lived more than half my life overseas, one learns to adjust ones way of doing things, but it does come at a cost - massive phone bills, Skype calls, sleepless nights (time zones are not always compatible) and extra flights home to Oz. Yes extra, because by the time one forks out two and three hour calls every couple of days, one might as well buy a flight ticket home. A $600-$700 phone bill every quarter or so, racks up the pennies fast! So coming home for a week of R&R is a great way to recharge your life batteries.
Family never live far away. Buy that ticket at the beginning of the year and again as soon as you arrive home,. It is great incentive to save money and to be a whole lot more productive. You could even meet up on some remote island that swims between you both, in order to share costs. And yes, that would be an adventure of a lifetime.
Snap, snap - great memories here we come! :)
A difference is not just creating some massive change in another’s life, even the smallest act of kindness everyday, can make a difference. Kindness shared creates an abundance of inspiring possibilities - can spark new ways of doing things - can resolve underlying problems, left unresolved because they’re too hard - give confidence and inspiration that might not seem like much at the time, but are a mountain of help for that person over their lifetime.
It is so easy to carry on with our lives, in such a busy way - we don’t think twice about the way we ask people to carry out daily tasks if we are management, when in conversation with others, when we speak to kids or adults who are still young at heart. We get blindsided by business, by society’s expectations that we take on board as needing to be more efficient, so we can get ahead in life. We forget how we might have arrived in the world, who gave us that first break, who took time out to teach us right from wrong - the abc’s - who helped us when we were down.
Caring is sharing the burdens of life. Sharing is caring about those burdens, so the pain is less on everyone.
We are all interconnected and what affects you - affects others. Share the love of positivity and inspiring assistance to others - you may need it yourself one day.