2016 has been a tumultuous year for many of us. But if we’re being honest, what year isn’t? The ups and downs on this roller coaster called life are neverending. We have the chance- and ability- to determine our reaction, and that, truly, is the reality.
We have talked about flipping the script quite a bit this year, and, also, controlling our outlook and response to what comes our way. As we look back on the year, there are many opportunities for this. Like when Prince passed away (or any of the other tragic and untimely losses this year), we grieve, but we also can take a moment to appreciate someone who tirelessly gave of himself and was never lazy in creation of creative, amazing music. How incredible to be so prolific and appreciated. How can I be more like that? How can I use that to better myself?
That’s just one example. Making choices about our own reactions and attitudes is crucial to our outlook. Peace inside fosters peace outside.
Last Saturday, I was looking forward to a very busy week with tons of activities and my first DJ gig. I had worked hard to prepare and I was trying to organize kids, schedules, parties, work, and everything else. I was excited. That day and the next, my stomach hurt. I figured it was something I ate. But then it started to hurt worse, and worse….and pretty soon, I decided my insides were not feeling peaceful, and I needed to go to the emergency room.
Lo and behold, I had acute appendicitis. I had to have emergency surgery right then. I was in shock! This didn’t go with my holiday plans at all! As a result, I had to rethink my week- or rather, my entire holiday season. I had to cancel my week’s activities, tell my kids I couldn’t make their events, find a sub for my gig, and just stay home recovering. I’m still on pain meds and haven’t accomplished much this week (ok, anything, really), because I hurt. But maybe this is a way for me to slow down and appreciate the season? Talk about a great chance to reframe! I clearly didn’t have peace inside, literally, and that caused me to slow way down and search to find peace in my mind, body, and life.
Upon closing the year, we have an opportunity to choose how we look back at everything that’s happened within the last 12 months. Holding onto anything negative or any resentment (like mine, over my dumb appendix, among other things, for instance) means bringing negativity into a new year. Holding on to anger over the outcome of the election or passing judgment on others with regard to it (whichever side of the political spectrum you may fall on) won’t serve us well in the future. Finding peace within ourselves as we close a chapter and flip the calendar over sets us up for freshness, gratitude, and positivity as we enter a new year.
To sum up as we end the year, PEACE OUT on 2016 by:
- Making a list of things you are holding onto from 2016
- Beside each, list at least 1 way to reframe and make it something positive
- Set list aside for one day
- Re-read your list next day
- Take list and burn it. Breathe in and out, focusing on PEACE.
Download our free attachment here and you can easily do this quick exercise. Don’t let the new year start with any lingering resentment. Find peace within and you’ll quickly pass it on- to yourself and to others.
PEACE OUT, 2016!
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