2013 looms as an ever-present threat to the new found peace, security and happiness of 2012, yet a promise for more to come. A final task still remains – a task vital enough to make me risk my Chemistry grades, refuse to look at Geography or Biology and forget about anything but now. I must take time to appreciate where I am, and why.
In this case, it’s best to write epic lists:
Whom do you feel gratitude towards for this year?
- Who have you met?
- Who have you lost?
- Who was there for you?
- Who has changed you?
- Who has helped you achieve things?
- Who has made you a better person?
- Who has been worth fighting for?
- Who has given you hope?
- Who has given you a second chance?
- Who has brought tears to your eyes with the beauty of their existence?
- Who do you need to thank?
What do you have to be grateful for?
- What things make you most happy?
- What things have you forgotten to appreciate as well as you should over the year? (I suggest writing a separate list for these things because you start to realise how much you’re missing out on. For example, I forget to be grateful for the sound of stillness and how even when we aren’t paying attention life still goes on around us)
- What mistakes have you made? How have they benefited you? Let them go and let yourself breath for the first time since you made them. Your past is gone – focus on NOW.
- What do you love to do and who teaches you to do them?
What do you look forward to thanks to this year?
- Where has life taken you and where do you want it to take you next?
- What have you discovered about yourself and where is that leading you right now?
- Where do you want to visit, who do you want to get to know?
- What are your aspirations and how many of them are new, or adaptations of past aspirations?
- What aspirations do you no longer have? Let them go; you are becoming a new you and it is beautiful.
I’d like to remind you, at the end of your contemplation, of the definition of gratitude:
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
You have to FEEL this gratitude – and I mean FEEL it rushing through you and making you realise that this whole year you have been blessed to be alive. Forget your troubles and your doubts. Let gratitude encompass you, shine from you with an ever-present light and fill your eyes with tears that make you feel happier with each one that falls.
If you are not happy with this year go and turn your life around. Find someone or something that will show you beauty and go kick ass, because you are human and you are ALIVE and this is the end of 2012 – think of what 2013 can do for you.
You can’t imagine what it could do for you? Get ready for the best surprise of your life, my dear.
I truly hope you have had the most spectacular 2012, and I wish you all the joy, abundance, prosperity and love for 2013; go out and make it a year to remember because that is honestly what you deserve.
(Here are some nice ideas for New Years resolution things:
- Vision Boards:
CharmingPixieFlora on Youtube taught me to make vision boards – you basically put everything you want to happen onto a board and put it somewhere you can see it, thus becoming your own believing eyes and maximising your potential to achieve your aspirations. Here are her two videos: Explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZu3bJDBpII Her workshop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jnU3bl61rU
Make a list of 100 things you are grateful for, everyday or at least every week. You’ll feel good.
Write down 5 awesome things that happen during the day – whether it’s people you meet and the things they say, a feeling or thought you have, something you see – anything.
- Dream jars:
Look them up, that’s probably what they’re called. You write your dreams on paper, roll them up (some people – I.e Carrie Hope Fletcher – have made them into stars) and put them in a pretty jar.
- Inspiration wall:
I have taken to this idea. Inspirational quotes and pictures of beautiful places and inspiring things will someday FILL my wall. You get them on places like tumblr – http://observando.net has a lot of good ones – I love them and reading them can be uplifting and it’s a great way of making sure you wake up feeling positive.
I hope these help – Happy New Year!!)