Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Me

Photography: Color Me Caitie 

Over the past several days I've seen countless tweets about learning to say no for 2015, Facebook posts about purging negativity from one's life, and inspirational Instragram picture-quotes about becoming "new" in 2015. I admire the boldness of these individuals to change so much in 2015; but I also question the phrase, "2015 will be the year I (insert New Years' resolution)." As the year comes to a close we begin to take stock of the events of our life and deem which things/people/lessons/ideals need to stay and which ones need to go. In theory, this is a great idea. Learn from the bad and make it good. What about the good though that we need to keep in our life?

I read a tweet the other day that said "2014 has taught me to trust less." When I read this, my heart hurt for the individual who had experienced so much pain in 2014 that they wanted to trust less in 2015. Yet don't we all do this? Someone hurts us, in one way or another, and our relationship with that person is forever altered, forever changed by that one moment of hurt and pain.

I propose a different purpose for 2015. I propose that we learn from the hurt and the pain of 2014, that we take stock of the good and the bad 2014 brought to us, but instead of focusing of the hurt and anger, we focus on what we learned. Yes, maybe it will take awhile for us to trust easily again, but what if we consciously decided to "learn to trust more in 2015."

Instead of focusing on what went wrong in 2014, focus on the good things, focus on the wonderful memories with your amazing group or friends and how you never, ever, want to lose them. Focus on serving, focus on devoting yourself to love unconditionally and trust considerately. Don't become a doormat, but don't become a closed door.

A new year means new opportunities, new chances, and new beginnings. Don't become closed off to the possibilities and lessons that 2015 has to offer.

Make 2015 a year of blessings, serving, loving, believing, trusting, and learning! May God bless you as you embark on 2015!