Posted: December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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“Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present! Live supremely well now! It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of the wise.” – Paramahansa Yogananda.

This has become one of my favorite quotes. It’s so simple yet makes so much sense. I think a lot of times it is so hard for us to let go of the past. Past hurt or betrayal, mistakes, misfortune, missed opportunities; they all stalk us. We want to move forward but we carry so much guilt, shame, sadness, or anger from things we cannot change. It is the same for the future. We are so concerned with and focused on what we want to accomplish tomorrow. We stay so busy planning, planning, planning for days and years that aren’t even here yet, that we forget about the NOW. We totally miss living to the fullest TODAY, which brings me to the point of this post.

As we move into a new year, many will make New Year’s resolutions. I never understand this. I mean I understand wanting to make changes in your life but I never understand why everyone waits until January 1st to do it. We have 365 days in a year to start making the changes we want to see in our lives. Each day is a new day. Each hour is a new hour. If you want to work out more or lose some weight, why say “Yeah, I’m gonna just relax now because come January my New Year’s resolution is to lose weight”? Instead why not just start today, right now? You could just as easily get up and take a short walk around the block, burn a few calories, and be that much closer to losing the weight you want to lose. There is always something you can do today to get you closer to your goals of change.

In most cases, by the end of February, most people haven’t even stuck to their resolutions anyway. Then it just becomes, “oh well, I tried but….”. So what happens next? You just wait until January 1st rolls around again to “start over”? No, you pick up right where you left off whether it be on February 19th or October 3rd! My point is, don’t be so concerned with what you’re going to do tomorrow when tomorrow isn’t even promised. By the time New Years comes around you might’ve smoked one cigarette too many already. So why not just try to quit now. At least give it a shot!

Planning for the future is great and it’s obviously important but you can plan and plan for something tomorrow while the fact is, you don’t know what tomorrow holds for you. Things don’t always go exactly how you plan them to. What you can do is starting living in the NOW. It’s here. It’s tangible. You can make changes, live well, and start being the person you want to be TODAY. Most look at January 1st as their “new beginning”. January 1st is just a day chosen to mark the beginning of a calendar year so that we can measure days and time. It doesn’t mark the beginning of your “new life”. Every day is a new day. Every hour, every minute is your chance to start something new. So instead of wishing you a Happy New Year, I’m going to wish you all a Happy New Day 🙂 !


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