New Year, New Beginnings

January is often the month of resolutions. A new year presents us with the opportunity for a fresh start. I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions just for the sake of making one. Creating change in your own life takes more than just a wishful goal made because of the drop of a ball and the changing of a calendar.

But this year is a little different for me. It started in December, a month that, with the joy and cheer of being surrounded with loved ones for the holidays, didn’t feel so joyous or cheerful at all.

First, the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook where so many children and teachers lost their lives. Then, right here in the city I call home, four firefighters were gunned down responding to a fire on Christmas Eve, two of whom were killed. Events like these leave me with two burning questions, “How could anyone do something so despicable, so awful, so horrific?!” and second, “What is this world coming to?”

I was left wondering, (and am still wondering) how do we come back from a tragedy like this? How do we move on, how do we carry on with our lives and have faith in the world in which we live, faith in humanity, faith in life itself?

I don’t know the answer to that question, and certainly the answer is different for everyone. But I’ve come to one conclusion, and that is the belief that we must be the change we want to see in the world. The change must come from ourselves, we must create change in our own lives, our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods and communities.

For me, that means being a better person, being more grateful, more passionate, more positive, doing the things I love and having faith that life IS all it’s cracked up to be.

It starts with filling my life with positive and inspiring things. It continues with sharing positive and inspiring things with others.

So while I don’t have a specific New Year’s resolution, the start of this year marks the beginning of committing to living the life I want to live and being the person I want to be.

I’m starting small: I’m filling my Twitter feed with uplifting messages by following spiritual thinkers, inspiring leaders and sharers of Good news. I’ve subscribed to newsletters that deliver inspiration to my email inbox amidst the junk and clutter. I am actively seeking out positive, feel-good stories that typically don’t get covered by mainstream media, to remind myself there is still Good in the world. Most importantly, I love to read, so I’ve committed to make more time in my day to not only read more, but to read things that are inspiring and thought-provoking.

I hope to make these small changes and more, permanent changes in my life and my daily routine. And it is my goal to share them here, and on social media, for whoever wants to listen.

Happy New Year.