Happy 2015! It’s a brand new year, full of promises, plans, and projects. So many things to look forward to: projects to complete, fun times to be had, new people to meet. The list of possibilities is endless and that is something to get excited about. Thoughtful goal setting helps keep my joy meter on full because I always have something to work towards, accomplish, and look forward to. 

Yet before we get into all of that, I want to talk to you this week about turning the page. As it is with reading a scary novel, it is sometimes difficult to turn the page of our lives after a particularly difficult year. We tend to carry over not only our unused vacation time at work, but also the hurts, offenses, shame and guilt from the past.  The problem is many times we don’t realize we are carrying this negative baggage.

January 1st is a perfect time to let go all of the stuff that is weighing us down emotionally and spiritually.  Life is way too short to hold onto negative feelings. If we want to start the New Year on a positive, joyful and energetic note, we must cast aside any feelings of unforgiveness, anger, jealousy, inadequacy, or low self-worth. Often these demons dwell in our sub-conscious mind.  So what are we to do?

Now I am not saying to ignore or allow inappropriate behaviors continue by any means, but once we have taken the appropriate action and done what we can to set healthy limits and boundaries, it is important to let go of any negative energy  we have accumulated. People are human and so are we. None of us is perfect and we are all prone to say or do the wrong thing at some point, most often unintentionally or without thinking. We have a choice: either to stew and marinate in the event or take a few minutes to clear it out of our mind and body so the effects don’t accumulate.  Stored negative energy eventually causes physiological disease.

Time marches on, and so must we. When we hold onto negative feelings, we are preventing ourselves from living a life of peace and joy. Isn’t that what we all want? To rise each glorious day and meet it with expectation, hope and joy?

I think so. At least I know that’s what I want.
So if you are starting off this New Year feeling less than joyful, I would encourage you to do the following simple but effective steps to clear your energy and your spirit:

1. Ask yourself what it is you are feeling and why. In this fast-paced world of ours, it is easy to ignore our feelings, brush things under the rug and move on but these are neither healthy nor wise behaviors.  

2. Take appropriate action to rectify the situation, conflict, or relationship. Yes, you can do it.

3. If it is something you cannot control, surrender it to God. His shoulders are much more capable of carrying the weight than ours are. 

4. Take some deep cleansing breaths, and with each exhale, say “I am letting go of (such and such)”.  Feel the tension in your body and then consciously release it with each breath.
5. Forgive yourself. It all starts within. Check out Psalm 32:1-5 for some encouraging words.

I guarantee you will feel much better. The skip in your step will return. You will feel light and free and ready to take on the world again.

It truly is a new day and we are new creations, being transformed slowly but surely by every difficulty, hardship and pain we encounter. Think of the process as a type of sanding for our souls. We are the clay on the potter’s wheel and each of us is being transformed into a beautiful masterpiece with a divine destiny.
Life is a novel. Turn the page on yesterday and write a new chapter this year. What exciting things would you like to do? Places you would like to visit? People you would like to meet? It is true. The world is our oyster and it is up to us to discover the pearls.

Wishing you a fabulous New Year and may you soar on wings like eagles and shine like the noon day sun!

Until next week, keep smiling and keep looking up!


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