“Liz, what New Year’s resolutions are you making?”
Inwardly I groan. I hate New Year’s resolutions! In the past, I’ve made lists of these golden promises to myself, even checking them twice for reality-based endeavors, and resolutely done my best before somehow failing to lose that weight or eat more healthily or whatever my brilliant idea was. I clench up with a feeling of failure of not living up to a single resolution.
Why the hard time with these? I mean, year-end is a great time to evaluate one’s life and to think of the year ahead and what aspirations and hopes one has. Then it hits me – hope is the key.
What do I hope for this coming year? That is way easier to answer, ask me that question! “Liz, what do you hope for this coming year?”
I hope for stronger relationships with my loved ones, perhaps as you do. I picture these relationships individually starting with those closest to me. I close my eyes and hold my loved ones in my heart and envision our closer connections. As I live in that moment of my hope, I sense myself softening and smiling.
I hope for stronger grounding and faith that all is well, perhaps as you do. I picture this grounding and seem to feel it rooting me to my truest self. I close my eyes and feel, with a deep and sure knowledge, that all is well. As I live in that moment of my hope, I sense myself softening and smiling.
I hope for strong yet flexible boundaries, perhaps as you do. I picture these boundaries wrought of pure fine gold, encircling my being with protection and comfort. As I live in that moment of my hope, I sense myself softening and smiling.
I hope for signs of peace about me in this troubled world, perhaps as you do. I picture what signs of peace would look and feel like, and as I hold these in my heart, I see that peace and live that peace, and yes, as I live in that moment of my hope, I sense myself softening and smiling.
After experiencing my hopes, living my dreams of my hope, I open my eyes and feel the smile still on my lips and that lovely feeling of calm in my heart. Hope is the key. I can live into hope in a way that for some reason I can’t live into resolutions.
My wish for you as we embark into this new year is that you live into your own hopes. My wish is that you hold your hopes in your heart and that you live in that moment of your hopes. Hope is the key. What will it unlock in you?