Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Year End Reflections

As 2006 draws to a close it is only natural to reflect on what we have achieved, what didn't quite go according to plan and to look to the New Year with either excitement or apprehension.

There's no point in beating up ourselves about what went 'wrong' in the past because we cannot undo the past. We can however, learn from past mistakes and apply our learning to our present circumstances. If your thoughts linger too long on your mistakes and situations you found yourself in that were not to your liking then you will only create more of the same.

Yet, there is also no point in being anxious about the future because it hasn't happened yet. We have no control over the future. However, we can embrace the future and know that whatever shows up in our lives is a gift.

The latter statement may seem like a contradiction for are we not encouraged to set goals and plan for the future? Yes and, in so doing, we influence the future. However, we would also influence the future if we did none of those things for we have no command over the future.

My point is that it is only here and now that you have any control. As someone said the answers to the questions "Where are you?" and "What time is it?" will always be, "I am here" and "The time is now".

So this is where we should direct our attention on the "here" and "now" and focus on squeezing as much life as possible out of every moment. As psychologist, Abraham Maslow, said,

"I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act."

Whatever life throws at you know this; by fully focusing on what you can do now you can truly make 2007 the best year of your life.


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