I was asked by a local newspaper to write an article. It is the second time they asked me which is really cool. I asked for a topic and they gave me “changes, new beginnings, new year resolutions, …” I remembered a comment which I made on Sandra’s post and by the time I could finally start writing I was so inspired that the words just flew out of my fingers. I thought it was the perfect post to start my blogging year and translated it. I hope you like it:

The change of the year inspires us to reflect: Where am I now and where did I actually want to be? Am I at the point today where I considered myself to be last year at this time? It is the time during which new year’s resolutions are made which are supposed to be tackled on January 1st (or perhaps on the 2. or the week after all of those holidays – if at all!). But why does it have to be the change of the year? In the end, January 1st is only the day after December 31st! Our visions and dreams don’t know any appointments on which they are allowed to appear or be tackled. This is a limitation – or excuse – we set!

Often people are not happy with the circumstances in their lives or at least parts of them. They are lamenting and whining but still don’t change anything. They often say: If that person would behave differently towards me, my life would be easier” or “If the circumstances were different I could be happy.”Β The problem just is that sitting there and waiting for a change only has the effect that life-defining usΒ instead of us defining our lives! We may not have much control over what happens around us but the decision we make about it and how we deal with it is always up to us!

Changes are mostly connected with more or less fear. Because it is a step into unknown territory. That is also the reason, why many remain rather in their unloved comfort zone instead of risking stepping over it. Many already give up before they even reached the edge of their comfort zone because they are expecting too much of themselves instead of thinking in little steps. Taking little steps toward the desired direction every day makes a big step after a while. But that way everything that comes along with the developing change is much better to handle. There are many little successful stations that are preparing naturally for the further path and the end result! The successful people in this world did not succeed because they were just lucky but because they believed in themselves and made step-by-step determined focused on their goals.

But something else happens with walking in a different direction. The decision to do it already occurs from a different attitude within. This different attitude makes us see many things in a different light. This again changes the way we deal with the world around us and with ourselves. That all brings new experiences and insights which motivate and widen the horizon. Even if you don’t know the path ahead starts in a corner – any corner! Step by step you are automatically led. It is only about that first step and staying in motion. Because the HONEST decision to do that first step already causes the necessary openness and attentiveness to more possibilities. It is about this first step and everything else will follow naturally!

Getting back to the change of the year. On 356/366 days throughout the year, we think, speak, act, and decide. All of it provokes something. We are planting our seeds consciously or unconsciously. Many start sprouting instantly and others later. When I am looking at the change of the year reflecting means to me that I make myself aware of the seeds I have spread consciously during the past 12 months. But I also try to understand which seeds I planted unconsciously to tell from the fruits I harvested. At the same time, I am in anticipation about which ones of my consciously planted seeds may sprout, blossom, or even grow into trees. I even go a bit further and I am already curious about what new seeds may result from next year’s plants.

Changes are not only possible but also important. They support our development on one hand but also show that we can direct our lives in a direction we really want. All is possible – and that is on each day of the year!

In Love and Light

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I’ve always wondered why so many people wait until January 1st, Erika? For us, in the northern hemisphere, it has to be the worse time to start a resolution. Winter, dark nights, cold…..
I’m with you. Start at any time of the year. When I’ve wanted to loose weight I’ve tended to do it during the summer months when, for example, eating salads comes far more naturally. However, on January 1st, 1995 I stopped adding sugar to tea and coffee. That’s one New Year resolution I did keep. I guess it’s also down to having the will-power to succeed, so I take my hat off to those that diet and lose weight during the winter months.

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Yes, exactly! When we are serious about something why waiting until we lose the motivation? It is so true what you say! I think we are most energised when winter comes to an end and we start to blossom again. You are right what you say about dieting! Also when it is hot you are not that hungry. I take my hat of that you don’t add any sugar to your tea and coffe! I recuded but I am not that far to skip it completely!!!

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The metabolism of the body keeps changing so does everything. The Mind seeks the change. Unfortunately it is habituated to see the change in others.
Fortunate are those who change by the command of the Will.
It is intelligence that decides. Mind is in a dilemma always. It needs a Kick.
Then the change shall happen in one’s own self.
Erika! You ring the Bell!

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Thank you very much for this add, Shiva! I am glad you pointed that out. That is what we need to remember or to be aware again. We can change! It is a decision what we think or believe, and eventually what we feel.

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Your blog posts provide me with lots of food for thought. Thinking of ways to improve myself create good changes within my life. Of course in Blog Land and in our daily lives we all know those people who seem to hold onto anger with such force that they don’t even realize they are destroying themselves. Sometimes after getting to know a little about the person I’ve found many who suffer like this were abused as children or suffered some sort of trauma as a young person. However at some point you must let go of the past as much as possible in order not to become a self-fulfilling prophecy constantly at war with the world and everyone in it. Made me examine myself more closely and ask myself what am I turning into and do I like it?

Sharing this quote: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

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Your comment is very important and I thank you for it, Deborah! Yes, the traumas of the past can be beyond anything others could even imagine. It is always easy to say that you need to let go in order to move on – even though it is the truth! But you know what you are talking about and when you say that the moment needs to come when you let go of the past it means even more. At one point it is so important to realize that we are living in a prison we created ourselves with whatever we kept alive although it has long gone. It was ours to create it and it is ours to simply open the door and walk out!
Thank you so much for that comment. I am sure it will be read by those who needed it in order to get that important impulse to rethink their mindsets!

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Wonderful blog post!

Here are some quotes that fit your beautiful post.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. ~ Jackson Pollock

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