2012 is just a few days away. Looking back, the year 2011 seems to just whisk by like a breeze. Sometimes a gentle breeze and then there were other times where it truly felt like a cyclone of hurricanes or tornadoes. Brief but devastating and crippling. Those are the cracks that we can trip over, fall through or camouflage ourselves into during this journey of life. 2011 marks an ending. Ending of old habits and shedding of old skins. It's time for new beginnings and 2012 looks very promising.
This is the year of renewal. Letting go of old habits and creating new ones. I have already listed down most of the things I need to work on for this coming year. They're not new resolutions. They are old resolutions that subjugate new approaches. When old methods are no longer effective, new ones are essential and inevitable if we want to succeed in life.
In Pres. Thomas S. Monson's article "Living the Abundant Life", (January. 2012 edition), he challenges everyone to "undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life-a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings." He proceeds to offer his own "ABCs" to assist us:
I. Positive Attitude: "The greatest revolution of our generatoin is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." (William James) "So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment." (Pres. Monson)
II. Believe in Yourself: "Don't limit yourself and don't let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities. You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith"
III. Face challenges with Courage: "Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of actions and follow it to an end requures some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
He also went on to say that, "courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one's coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve...Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow"."
I'm not anticipating a perfect year, but I'm anticipating a year of great success. I'm equipping myself with a good attitude. Armoring myself with courage and shielding away daggers of doubts with self beliefs. I'm a woman, a mother and a wife and I deserve the best in life. So bring on the new year 2012. Some say it's the year the world will end, I say it's only the beginning of a new life...