Wel­com­ing the new year

Antelope Valley Press - - Valley Life -

An­other year is pass­ing by as we look for­ward to the prom­ise of a New Year. And even though we know that any time of the year is just as good for any pos­i­tive change we want in our lives, the be­gin­ning of the New Year in­spires us to make a list of new things, new habits and new goals la­bel­ing them as our New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion.

We also know that by the sec­ond month of the year, the mo­ti­va­tion to achieve what’s on our list be­come just an­other prac­tice of in­ef­fec­tu­al­ity to re­peat again next year. Per­haps we can do some­thing dif­fer­ent this year.

Let’s start by look­ing back. What no­table achieve­ments have you re­al­ized last year? Make a list. What have you learned, and what would you do dif­fer­ently this year? Look back with­out judg­ment but rather with full ac­cep­tance of what was. Ev­ery­thing that we ex­pe­ri­enced, suf­fered through, or re­joiced for are all meant to be as they con­trib­ute to our own phys­i­cal, in­tel­lec­tual, and spir­i­tual devel­op­ment.

Ev­ery sin­gle per­son who has drifted in and out of our lives brought some­thing to en­hance us or learn from. Fix­at­ing about where you have been or what you did wrong in the past are blocks to an in­spired fu­ture life. Your past does not equal the fu­ture.

An­tic­i­pate a world at peace; ex­pect love, health and abun­dance in your life and in the lives of oth­ers. De­spite the news me­dia bom­bard­ment of bad things hap­pen­ing world­wide, know that for ev­ery act of ap­par­ent evil, there are a mil­lion acts of kind­ness that we can choose to par­tic­i­pate and fo­cus on.

As we wel­come the New Year, and as we look back with grat­i­tude for the bless­ings in the year past, we can step for­ward with con­fi­dence. Get a pen and a note pad and an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tions and prompts:

• What is my heart’s true de­sire? Don’t cen­sor what comes out and pay at­ten­tion to what­ever comes first to mind. The first thing that pops up usu­ally comes from your au­then­tic self.

• Through­out the day, mon­i­tor your se­cret thoughts — the ones that you don’t feel se­cure to share with any­body. These are the in­ner most de­sires you have that you fan­ta­size to man­i­fest if noth­ing could stop you and you have all the time, money, health and op­por­tu­nity.

• Read what you have writ­ten in re­sponse to the previous prompts and ask your­self: If you are im­mune to other peo­ple’s good or bad opin­ions, would you still truly de­sire the same thing? And if the an­swer is no, ask your­self this ques­tion: If all judg­ment, ob­vi­ous ob­sta­cles, and lim­it­ing cir­cum­stances were re­moved, what would be your heart’s de­sire?

You may have to do the above ex­er­cises ev­ery day for a week with­out cen­sor­ing your an­swers to get to the true an­swer from your in­ner­most au­then­tic self. Once you nar­row it down to what’s most im­por­tant to you, write down the first small step you could take to be­gin mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of man­i­fest­ing your de­sires. The first step could be a mil­lime­ter on what seems like a 1,000 miles.

As one spir­i­tual leader say “The jour­ney of a thou­sand miles be­gins with one step.” If your de­sire is to be healthy, start your gro­cery closet in­ven­tory for ex­am­ple. If you want bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, start gog­gling what’s out there avail­able for you. Just start one small step to­ward your de­sired goal ev­ery day. By the end of the year, you have had ac­com­plished many small steps get­ting closer to your de­sired goal.

Along the way, try to free your­self from plac­ing a cash value on ev­ery­thing you have, do, and say. Do what you heart tells you will bring you joy, be­cause re­gard­less of how ab­surd your in­ner call­ing might seem to oth­ers, they are au­then­ti­cally yours. May the New Year bring you all which you de­sire for your­self.

A reg­is­tered nurse, Dr. Elvie C. Ancheta is ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs’ Wil­liam J. “Pete” Knight Veter­ans Home in Lan­caster.

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