With the beginning of the new year now in full force, I often wonder of its significance, of its huge impact and its highest intention. We as human beings on our seemingly endless search to find our true meaning in life try especially hard at this time to articulate our goals, orientations and desires – hoping to attain them and keep them as new parts of ourselves.

I guess in all senses whether we are religious, spiritual or not, there is a sense of revamping – a sense of clearing up the past and forging with renewed strength into the future.

The new year brings with it new possibilities, new connections and new hope. It’s almost like society allows us or grants us a second chance.

I have found this whole purposeful gathering of thoughts a common thread in all people, regardless of age, sex gender, race or background. It’s a common and united thread that sometimes we forget all too easily that we have as a shared capability – whoever and wherever we are.

The new year also promotes new and renewed growth; personally, spiritually and emotionally. I guess this principle encourages us to acknowledge, accept and embrace things of importance in all we do. It’s time spent gaining clarity and building confidence. It’s time spent strengthening our minds, clearing our hearts and fortifying our spirit. It’s almost like experiencing a cleansing ritual; giving us access to the sweetness of life without the struggle and drama we humans are accustomed to experiencing.

So let us develop a plan: one that’s not set in concrete nor does it need to be exclaimed and initiated. Just a simple plan of clear intention about what you desire to experience within yourself and a clear definition of what you must do to make it happen.

For this new year, resolve to take an in-depth and honest look at where you are and make an accurate assessment of how you arrived there. Then you must determine if this is where you want to be and if not, what you must eliminate or incorporate in order to move forward.

Remember these examinations and resolutions are made by you, with yourself and for yourself. And if you are serious, you will write them all down.

So your journey throughout this year can be devoted to examining what you’re going through and planning how you want to go through it. I guess you can’t really be shown the way until you’re clear about the direction you want to travel. And then if you want to make your travel experience worthwhile, you MUST have a plan.

Until today you may not have been paying attention to the details in the moment to moment experience of life.  Just for today pay very close attention to what you are doing and how you are feeling. How do you feel when you awaken? What do you expect to feel as you move through the day? Are you paying attention to what happens based on what you expect?

Are you paying attention to how you smile in any given day?

Or to how long you have been holding back tears?

Are you paying attention to what your living feels like?

Whether it’s “conforming” or whether it’s “real” or not, the beginning of a new year is significant. It holds an indescribable enigma and gives us a renewed vigour to contemplate change and growth.

So if for nothing else, or for no other reason than the beginning of a new year, let’s aim at putting some things first – let’s aim to think about where we need to be and what we need to do and translate that into action.

“Life will work for you when you realise every decision you make is based on every other decision you have made which is based on everything that has ever happened in your life.” – from a smart and anonymous fellow traveller.