January 1st

Rather than stay up to see the fireworks I like to get up early to greet the sun on the first day of the new year.

It is the busiest early morning on the beach, with hundreds of people lingering from the night before, and a few, like me, inspired to get up early to see the dawn.

There is something about the New Year that brings hope. Hope is such an important ingredient to the human condition.

While it takes us out of present time, it provides brightness of the future. Like the sun, which we know is so far away, hope lights a path for us. It provides us with a blank canvas and the opportunity to begin again.

Without hope despair can debilitate and immobilise.The moment there is a possibility of hope some part of us finds the vibration of life, no matter how faint.

The New Year is our cultural permission point to end the old and start anew. Of course we all have the sovereignty to allow ourselves a new beginning in any moment. But as a collective, to start anew invites more promise. We are all collectively granted this moment of reprieve. To wash away the old…to step forward into the new.

Many of us simply continue as before. Expecting a different outcome. Leaving the New Year to fate.

Of course it is always a combination of both. The things we can change and the things we cannot.

And many of us make resolutions but build them on a foundation of quicksand. They are wishes rather than desires.

This year my change is internal. It is about inviting, allowing and accepting more of what I desire into my life. In so doing, I need to say no to what I do not desire. There is a complete recalibration of my inner world.

I know it will happen as every fibre of my being is aligned. And without every fibre of your being aligned and resolute, change will never stick.

Or as a good friend counseled me, “Say no to everything unless it is an absolute yes.”

All the years before this I have built my proposed changes on quicksand. This year, finally, there is a foundation that goes very deep. That depth is chartered through pain and suffering…the path most of us have to take to finally arrive at “Enough, no more!”

On this day, January 1st, choose wisely the changes you seek to experience in your life. Rather than many, make it one. Have it be the one that calls you from the depths of your soul. The one that allows you to be more of your whole self. Then back it with every fibre of your being.

And each morning, continue to say yes to this, even when it tests you, which it will..…and continue to bring it into the light. This is the hope of your New Year.

My hope for you is the clarity, resilience and self care to take it all the way…