Now that New Year’s Eve is over and the month of January is underway, it might be a good time to think about the year ahead. I love the idea that the year ahead has so many possibilities. It may be good or bad but most likely it will bring a mixture of triumphs and tribulations. We just need to figure out how we are going to deal with whatever 2019 has in store for us.
I had a look back at my resolutions for 2018 and I managed to keep some of them, like spending more time with my father, like reading two new novels per month, like establishing a writing schedule. Okay, I didn’t lose the weight or learn the language but maybe those tasks are for this year. What I did learn to do is to look for the positives in life. So this year once again my virgin diary sits in front of me and the possibilities of 2019 beckon.
I don’t expect 2019 to be the best year ever. There are trials and tribulations ahead but there is also the anticipation of happiness and joy. I wrote last year that you won’t find joy unless you open your heart to it. It is found in the most unusual places. In the smile of a loved one as you listen to them attentively, in the taste of good food lovingly prepared, in losing yourself in the imagination of others, in the taste and smell of sea air as it blows the cobwebs from your brain and energises your soul, in the satisfaction of a job well done.
The old scouting motto springs to mind ‘be prepared’. It is good advice, to be prepared for whatever life throws at you in the year ahead, prepare yourself to roll with the punches, prepare yourself to enjoy the here and now and above all to look for the positive aspects in life.
Happy New Year.