Mindset for a Happy New Year!

(December 31, 2016 )

New Years Eve and there is so much to celebrate, and despite the pull to lament the losses of the year that was 2016, I shall not. I wish only to offer my gratitude, love, and a few words.

Our reactions to the stimuli of the world are real. Although one concentrates events, occurrences, and experiences into a construct like a year -a construct invented to explain the passage of night and day, the turning of the seasons, and ultimately time itself- the reason we are doing so is that the feelings are real. So, with that in mind, I wish to offer a thought to carry with you this evening.

This night belongs to you. Seize it. There are no doubt many things we want to change with ourselves and for those of us that are introspective or critical of ourselves the list is long, but stick a pin in that list and walk away from it for just one night. You are alive and you are loved. Those are the only two requirements of happiness.

The turning of the clock to midnight tonight is a symbolic moment where we can pretend to push the reset button on a portion our lives so that we may start again with the thoughts and intentions of resetting the starting line to right below our feet, but you can't start the race if you're not there. So even if you're feeling down, if you try hard enough, you can fool yourself to becoming fully happy and this is the perfect time to do it.

It's an old acting trick I learned in my theatre days and if you really, really try, it works. 
Shoulders back, head held high, smile, and breathe. Feel it slowly come over you and believe it. Don't let your thoughts wander and let happiness take root. I believe that even though it may be a construct of our psyche, a little bit of self-manufactured happiness can put us on the road to true happiness. You have to start sometime, and since that list with the pin in it will be there in the morning, there's never been a better time than right now. 

Peace and love and happy new year.