“The old year is now gone, and the New Year has now arrived. Any disappointments, frustrations, sadness or bitterness that you had in the old year–leave it there. Any bad break-ups, toxic relationships or friendships, any thoughts or feelings of past failures and regrets– it is now time to leave it all behind. On this January 1st , RIGHT NOW is the time to MOVE FORWARD! The Universe has given you a clean slate — use it and use it wisely!!”
This is the message that I posted on my Facebook page on New Year’s Day. It is a message that came from the heart because last year I experienced and witnessed the mental, physical, and emotional strain that the endurance of a host of trials and tribulations can have on someone who is trying their best to keep a smile on their face and a positive attitude. The year was definitely one where everyone went through a personal storm in some form or another—some more severe than others.
Immediately after Christmas I took time away from the internet, friends, and family to do much soul-searching regarding all that I had witnessed last year. After much reflection, it occurred to me that last year was the year for learning—learning about yourself, your life, and everyone and everything that is a part of it. It was the year of “crash-course personal development” from the Creator—His way of shaping and molding us into His divine order and design to prepare us for the destiny that He has for us.
For this to take place, the process of ‘going through the fire and floods’ of life was mandatory—the fire to burn away all of our life toxins; the floods to wash away the debris. It is only with this process that we could be fully ready to step into the Next: the next chapter in our life’s journey; the next level of the blessings that await us. Just like a storage room that is filled to capacity, nothing new can go inside until older items are taken out. Similarly, if we continued to hold on to disappointments, regrets, and toxic situations, then we would never have the capacity available in our lives to accept new opportunities.
The old year is now gone, and the New Year has now arrived. In the new year, let us make a commitment to leave all of the pain of last year behind and walk boldly into our new beginnings. Let’s dedicate ourselves to moving forward and living the greatest life possible throughout the year.
The New Year has given us a new slate—a clean storage space—and we should do our very best to use it wisely.