I have come to like January for a couple of reasons. First, January signals the end of all the holiday madness. I love the holidays, but I also crave resumption to a routine. The holidays disrupt our normal flow of life which in turn disrupts our souls.
In December we are torn between meeting the needs of family and friends and living our lives in a peaceful way manner. If you have kids to buy presents for there is always the pain of them wanting too much versus what’s in your wallet. Add to that parties and gatherings and life gets very messy. When I hit January, I breathe a sigh of relief because now I can focus on the new beginnings that a new year holds.
Second, I like January because January provides a starting point to orientate our lives. Some of you may call your new year resolutions. I prefer to call it a reorientation for the new year.
For example, I recently retired early to pursue my dream of writing full-time. In the past week, I have created two blogs, outlined a mystery novel and took steps to add a stream of income. Reorientation is more powerful than any new years resolution because a resolution is singular like losing weight or reading more or being a better parent. The challenge is any change in our lives takes multiple steps. Losing weight not only means making healthy food choices, exercise, and a shift in psychology. A dieter needs to eat to live instead of living to eat. Most dieters just make one change, choosing different food, thus they fail because they have not addressed exercise and the mental changes they need to make.
When we are committed multiple steps in our change process, we are telling the universe/God that you are committed to changing your life thus the universe/God responds. Why? If you are committed there will be no wasted resources. For example, when you join a gym you might employ a trainer. If you are only half-hearted in your efforts, you have wasted the trainers time and you have spent funds that could have been used differently. If you are dedicated to reorientation and making the appropriate changes, then the power in the Universe/God works behind the scenes to bring the right people and information into your life.
Contrary to some beliefs, the Universe is charged by God to support us in our journey thru life. We have a choice. We can either find the stream of life that supports us or swim upstream trying to make something out of nothing. So I say let go and let God supply what you need as you reorientate yourself in 2018.