I am moved by this prayer I found in the Internet which, for me, could very well sum up how I view 2015.
I Am the New Year
I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
I liken January 1st to waking up in the morning. It gives me a fresh new start, albeit a
fresh new outlook. If I slept with the cares of the day, troubled, doubtful, sad, worried; when I wake up, I am ready to face any concerns and issues I might have encountered the previous day. There’s no backing out since I couldn’t turn back the hands of time.
January 1st and the entire new year gives hope, challenge, a different view, an idea, curiosity, creativity and a chance to right things I might have done previously. I pray that the spirit of Christmas stays with me and help me seize the day and enjoy it, too!
To do this, I spent the days after Christmas and until yesterday, reviewing the past and taking notes of I significant things I need to leave behind, totally forget and forgive, redo, reinvent, create and carry over 2015. The past gives me lessons and a platform for the future. In particular, I am thankful for the many blessings, big and small, that I received and enjoyed.
Then, I set one big goal for the year. What is the most significant thing I want to achieve this 2015 that could bring me closer to my personal vision? Next, I set smaller goals and objectives to achieve my one big goal. Finally, I start acting on my plans; otherwise, they remain to be wishes. Starting tomorrow, I will clean up my files and redo some of the handouts of my seminars and workshop.
I am ready for you, 2015!
For the curious, the plate of my chairman’s new big bike reads “chairman.” And his minions have been going around explaining to people that he is buying his bike on installment. Huh? With a P7,000 monthly salary, a stay-at-home wife and four children, how could you even feed and clothe your family? More on this as the saga of Baranggay 596 unfolds. But this should not distract from my achieving my own big goal for 2015. This is an advocacy for good public governance.
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