In Ecclesiastes 7:10 King Solomon writes Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
This last year has been widely named, on social media and in comparison to previous years, as the worst twelve months in history. Personally I disagree with this but I think we could all agree that 2016 has been an eventful year for many reasons.
For example Len Goodman is no longer on Strictly Come Dancing, the Great British Bake Off has changed channels, it was the hottest global year on record, a new word ‘Brexit’ and all it entailed emerged, more than 20 countries pledged billions for ocean conservation, Andy Murray won at Wimbledon, the threat of terrorism became widespread, Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly virus left in West Africa, Tim Peake returned to earth, US politics became ‘dirty’, the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday, world hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years, Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for 100 days, many well known baby boomer celebrities died, the Calais jungle was destroyed, Pokemon returned and became an evangelistic tool and giant pandas were taken off the endangered species list.
If we make the focus smaller for many of us we would have experienced intense moments of sadness, frustration, anger, joy, laughter and happiness in 2016 and I’m sure we will again in 2017!
As we enter the New Year, which will undoubtedly bring exciting, sometimes scary opportunities I urge you to bear in mind these words of Nelson Mandela ‘May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears’.
Take some time to reflect on your hopes for the future, what steps need to be taken in order to realise these hopes and what fears may be holding you back.
Be specific, ask yourself these questions;
What are my aspirations for 2017? What do these aspirations look like? How will they make me feel?
To achieve these aspirations do I need to change my situation or the way I respond to it?
What time limit have I set myself? What are the first steps I have to take?
What obstacles will I need to overcome? Who do I know that could help and support me?
What impact will achieving this aspiration make to my life?
Wishing you every success as you begin your journey in to 2017!