Monica J. Griffith

Seems now is the time everyone is looking forward to the changing of the calendars. Are you ready for a New Year? Ready for what wonderful things 2017 may have in store for you?

Sometimes, we find it challenging to let go of what has been – but it is interesting that, for most, turning that calendar page from December 31 to January 1 is something that is viewed with giddy anticipation! We actually look forward to a new day – a new year – another chance to ‘get it right this time’!

Just what is it about flipping that page that seems to give us a ‘fresh start’? And, what more do we actually do to engage in this brand new day, month, year? Just turn the calendar page and assume things will be different this time?

There is a saying: If I do what I’ve always done, I’ll get what I’ve always gotten! Hmmm…I’m thinking that just changing the date is not exactly going to do the trick!

And yet, the future is an open book, with many unwritten chapters. What if I could write the next chapter and create the ending I want to see? Oh wait! I can!! That is what is changed this year. I see that doing my life in a way that is not the same as I did my life in the past will likely bring me a different result! Rather than a ‘do-over’ I want a ‘do-new’.

What does that take?

Let’s presume that you want to live a life of meaning and relevance – that you want to be a contribution to someone or something – that you want to leave a footprint that says: It matters that I was here. If that is the truth, then the first order of business for this New Year is to determine, with clarity, exactly what has meaning and relevance for you! Is it to be a loving family member, to be financially successful, to be a contribution to your community, to be physically fit and healthy….Just what is important to you?

Once uncovered, those intentions will be the focus that steer your course through each calendar day and month to December 31, 2017. Intentions become the chapter titles in the book of 2017 that you are writing. And, within each written chapter, you are filling the pages with how you are being that intention – everything you do is a reflection of who you are in that intention. It will be better than what you imagined.

What are your intentions? What do you want to be remembered for? What is it that when you are being that person, your heart is warm and spirit is full? What will your chapter headings say about you?

So, what are you waiting for? There are books to write – the book of “This is your life, 2017!” is waiting!