And here we are at the end of another year. I find this to be a time of reflection for most people. A time to both look back and look ahead. It is a time of evaluation, when people set new goals and look to the future with hope. There is something about a fresh start that seems to empower people.
Here on the pink cloud of optimism we are no different. We look at the new year as a time to start fresh, with a clean ledger and use all the experience and knowledge we have gained so far in our lives to make this year the best year ever. It is a fun and comfortable place to be. After all, what has really changed but the numbers on the calendar. Is tomorrow really going to be different from today?
Perhaps the only thing that really changes this time of year is our attitude. Many of us are still ‘warm and fuzzy’ from the holiday season and cheer that has been around us these past few weeks and it has bled over into our way of thinking. Some people live with this attitude all the time. Others only seem to get caught up in it at certain times of the year. I found that people are more cheerful during holiday times in general. What was usually an attitude of distracted indifference from others at the post office or in line at the market or in our daily routines has been for the past several weeks replaced with a cheerful “Merry Christmas” or the politically correct “Happy Holidays”. It isn’t as if these same people weren’t nice before, but it just seems to me that it gives others an excuse to be a little bit extra nice and friendly. And I think it does have an effect on others. At least it does for me.
It reinforces my way of thinking that “we follow where we focus.” If we choose to focus on all the negative things that are happening around us (and they are always lurking) it can’t help but bring us down and deflate us. However, if we choose to look at the brighter side of things and focus on all the positive and good things in our lives, the chances are that we will go through the day with a much better attitude and feeling better about ourselves and our lives in general. It isn’t to say that we should ignore the hardships and negative things that happen in our lives, but I truly believe that they are much easier to deal with if we also look at the good things that have been bestowed upon us and focus most of our attention on them. That alone will do wonders in helping us deal with the negative things that are happening around us.
Sometimes it is easier said than done. But with some practice and conscious effort, it becomes a habit – and I believe a good habit – and not only assists us in dealing with the everyday troubles of the world, but also bleeds over to the others around us.
So with that said, I am very much looking forward to the new year of 2011. Looking back, I think that 2010 was incredible for me. Sure, I had some hardships, as many of you have read about in these blogs, but overall I have made great strides in both my business and my personal happiness. There is still work to be done in both areas, but when comparing my life to where it was 365 days ago I see a good improvement. That in itself is a gift, I feel. I look around me and see many people struggling and I know that I am very fortunate that things are on the upswing. I know in my heart though that it didn’t ‘just happen’. It took a conscious effort and dedication to making things better – even if I didn’t feel like it all the time – and a commitment to myself. As with most things of this nature, you have a better chance of achieving your goals if you stick with them, even through the tough times. I don’t really believe that there is such a thing as “luck”. At least I don’t count on it. Although I am sure that somewhere and some time someone has fallen into good fortune, I certainly realize that it is the exception and not the rule.
I look back on the year 2010 and I am very happy to have met you all here. Your beautiful projects have inspired me. Your friendships have encouraged me. And your kindness and compassion has consoled me on my days when it was difficult to see all the positive things around me. You have made an incredible impact and difference in my life. That, my friends, is what friendship is all about.
I sincerely wish you all the best for the upcoming new year. I hope for all of you it is filled with health, creativity and above all happiness. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Happy New Year!
The final sunrise of the year – pink clouds! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"