Alas 2010 is coming to an end and we are about to begin a new never used fresh year. A chance for all of us to become a little or a lot more like the person we really want to be. Do you have things about yourself you are tired of or are embarrassed about? Do you have new ways you want to act, think and be? If so this is a good time to work towards those things. Life has many beginnings and endings and this is another big chance. However; a little warning, you shouldn't count on many more opportunities because we never know when our chances end. [Yeah, you are right, I am thinking of Dad and although his chances haven't ended he is not consciously able to make the changes in this realm that we currently are.]
This time of year all kinds of lists come out "The best of 2010" and of course "The worst of 2010". Many folks like to make goals and resolutions to make changes in the new upcoming year. Religion encourages us to make changes through repentance which is available daily/hourly and by the second. But the New Year is a big chance to look at our strengths and foibles of the past and resolve to work harder or maybe continue our hard effort to make the changes and be the person we want to be in the future.
For Christmas I gave Megan a necklace that represents 'New Beginnings'. It seemed appropriate as she just recently returned from a mission so needs to return to 'normal life' a new beginning. Of course she will incorporate many things from her great mission opportunities but in many ways she gets to change her template (oh, excuse me I am learning some blog talk), and re-establish what will get the emphasis and highest value in her life. Her name will stay the same just like all of us but who will she be. Just like all of us our changes will likely be minor but this new beginning for her is bigger, due to having a larger change. Consequently even her minor changes can have larger results for now and the future. That is why I purchased this necklace for her gift this year. Not just to commemorate her 'new beginnings' now but to also remind her that one can always improve and strive to become that person we see ourselves as in our minds eye.
I hope we can all contemplate who we are and consider who we want to be and make plans to move a little closer to our ideal and farther away from mistakes and errors of the past.
I thought to end this with the encouraging "Good Luck!" but really that isn't it at all because I'm talking about evaluation and effort so maybe I should say "Plan well!" or "Do It" or some such thing. Maybe Jean Luc Picard said it best "Make it so!" I'd like to hear your suggestions. What would be a good encouraging short statement of hope for us this year. Let me hear it in the comments.