What do you feel when it is 11:59 pm on the 31st of December? In that last minute, what races through your mind? What happens to you?
A lot of people say and believe that thinking too much is not good at all because it creates unnecessary problems in your mind which then has a negative reflection holistically. I believe this is correct to an extent only. If an individual has little or no control on how they manage their mind, it is then that they give the unnecessary problems the opportunity to make themselves apparent. However, there is nothing wrong at all with simply thinking and reflecting. In fact, it is incredibly useful and beneficial to reflect. Reflect on what has happened, reflect on what has been done.
If you are gently closing the door on 2016 with a smile on your face and you are feeling content, then well done. Good on you. If you are slamming it shut and storming off into 2017 then well done and good on you too. A lot of people use the New Year as an opportunity to start over. Or they use it as an opportunity to be better. To improve. It is almost an inspiration to a new start as it literally is one. The point I am trying to make is that no matter how you left 2016, you have been presented with a decent opportunity to start fresh – whether this is in terms of a new mindset, new goals, new habits etc. You have been given it so make good use of it.
“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke.
Do not let the overwhelming feeling of regret hinder your growth. Learn to adapt and grow without it. This is manageable if you accept your mistakes and learn to forgive. Completely clean out your heart and mind of any ill feelings towards anyone or any situation. That is when you will notice and feel a difference within yourself.
So in answer to the aforementioned questions, when it is 11:59 pm and the year has only one minute left, I hope you feel mentally clean because you have made a vow with your mind and heart to leave everything that is negative there, in that last minute. I hope you feel happy and hopeful.
In that last minute, I hope what races through your mind is inspiration. Inspiration on how you are going to help yourself be the best version you can be.
If you feel like you are drowning, I hope what happens to you in that last minute is something which pushes you out of your depth and discomfort.
If you feel like you are at peace, I hope what happens to you in that last minute is something which will allow you to feel at peace forever. God willing.
I just want to leave you with this quote to reflect upon:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
– T.S. Elliot.
Happy New Year. (: