Happy New Year

So a new year is officially here. Now what? Many consider New Year’s Day as an opportunity for a new start, a clean slate. I think of every day as a new start. Each morning is a new opportunity to do something great. It can be as simple as greeting someone with a smile, even if he/she doesn’t respond. It can be helping someone without being asked. We may never know how what we do affects others. Think back in your own life; do you remember a time when a smile or a helping hand made you feel better? Then pay it forward; every day.

A new beginning

Every day is a new beginning; we have a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. No matter what happened yesterday, or last week, or last month, or last year, or even last decade, today is really all we have. It is often difficult to start over daily; we have too much hanging over us from previous days. But it can be done. Focus on the positives, not the negatives. What we tell ourselves will happen is what usually happens; so focus on positive things. Choose a mantra to get you through the day, and make it positive. For example: I am a talented human being; I am a beautiful person; I am a great (wife, mother, nurse, accountant, daycare worker, whatever it is you are.) Pick whatever works for you. And while you’re at it, find 3 things you love about yourself and repeat them to yourself periodically through the day. Write them down on a piece of paper, carry it with you and look at it as often as you need to see it. Finally, when things begin to go wrong, instead of asking ‘Why me (or why now, or whatever hits you)’ try being thankful for whatever it is. For instance, if you get a flat tire, try being thankful that you have a car, even if it is old and falling apart. It isn’t easy, believe me, I know! But you can do it. After all, today is a new day.