I love this quote. Tomorrow is a the start of a new year, a new book, a new chapter, a new sentence … a new segment of life sliced out ready to journey. But it’s important we recognise it is just a new part, it’s not a completely new start. Already I’m seeing so many ‘new year, new you’ posts and it amazes me that so many people get swept into the ‘new me’ mentality. You are intrinsically you for a reason, you are fearfully and wonderfully made .. to be you and that, you should be proud of!
New Year is a time when we naturally pause to reflect and evaluate our lives and there’s nothing wrong with that. All of us have areas in our lives and character that we’d like to improve and grow and there’s nothing wrong with that either. I always try to strive for excellence in everything and many times over I fall short of the mark. But each time I do, I consciously also try to reflect, evaluate and apply previous experiences so that in time I get closer to where I would like to be. Growth, development, progress and achievement are all things we should be striving for. But, doing so from our own individual starting points in the here and now, not from scratch, because that is where the power lies. Our past can be our most powerful tool in building a successful future.
You can’t erase the past, and nor should you. We have all made mistakes, all reacted to things in ways we wished we hadn’t, all done things we are not proud of. But if we look at it the right way, we will use them to find new strength and wisdom for the future. The fool is the person that doesn’t recognise his mistakes or is too proud and makes them again and again, going around the same mountain. The wise one is the person that walks life with their eyes open, is open to their own weaknesses, recognises their mistakes and ensures they don’t make the same ones again by drawing on them and learning.
“Your greatest wisdom comes from embracing your mistakes.”
So in our time of reflection, yes we can happily celebrate and embrace the good, our achievements, the hopes that came to fruition, the silver linings and gold threads that weave themselves so beautifully through all of our individual lives. We can also want to make the next year better, want to grow, want to achieve new things, want to make it count but the formula for success needs all those ingredients. So no more, ‘new year, new me’, and more ‘next chapter, refined me’. Bring that to the table and you can’t lose.
Happy New Year to all of you!