Happy New Year Blessing
Blessings for 2018 Ahead!
Every day is the start of a new year! Day by day we change and work to improve our lives.
Try not to be overwhelmed by the challenges up ahead. One day at a time tackle and invest in your steps to improve life. I look forward to 2018. It isn’t going to be a smooth year or a better year. If anything each year ahead will present more complicated problems.
I welcome every new year because the new year is a time people pause to consider options. It’s one of few times westerners pause to reflect.
New Year Resolutions
New Year was the one holiday my family would celebrate with the most heart. The other holidays were just marks on the calendar, but the new year was the holiday to let loose the old and refresh one’s life.
The power of a new year is the offer of a fresh start, new options and a chance to begin new stories. New Year is the closest to a Taoist holiday we get in the western world. On this day we are encouraged to dream and step closer towards our nature. I also suppose that’s why so many new year resolutions fail: all too many people make resolutions that try to escape stories that are more powerful in defining them than they realize. The resolution might be a good one, but people often have more than one story tripping them up.
If a person desire to make a new year resolution that succeeds, I suspect you have to word it in such a manner, so it works with your stories rather than against them.
I will make only one resolution, I know I can keep since it can’t be stopped by any of my current stories. To send everyone, I know a smile
A New Year Every Day
People love the new year; we use the new year to symbolize a fresh start.
Why limit it to once a year?
Every day is a start of a new year, a start of a new life, Every day.
Most people are unsuccessful at their new year resolutions because they don’t release their old crap.
Humans love to hold onto every memory, all the pains, the full story they already experienced in the past. Because of this people get stuck in living the same story every day, every year: to only live a single lifetime over a single lifeline.
No, if you want to live many lives, to discover many aspects of who you can be, you also have to be willing to change. This shifting also means to allow old memories to fade.
I am not saying you have to throw away everything. If you want to live a new life, then try living a new life every day, rather than every year.
Let me explain: To live a whole new year, you have to release an entire year of the past to make room for a new life. Most people can’t let go of that much crap at once. It’s too big a chunk at once to release.
If you live a new year every day, you only have to release one day to make room for your new life today. Most people can release a day of memories or a smaller bad problem. Not throwing away too many bad days at once (since otherwise then you will repeat them for balance, that also gets old fast). You have to discover grace and style since as people we always need an edge of challenge and an edge of mistakes to define ourselves to uniquely. But each day we can live a new life, to be a new person.
Provided we release a little of the old person, that we no longer need to be.
Happy new year. I hope over this next year; you discover 365 years of a new life. It’s one reason in Taoist practice we age so well 😉 We are already ancient while still being young with a lifestyle like this. When done with style, It’s become a life that contains the best of all worlds, of all potentials of what we can become!
Personal Tao New Year
As I pause for the new year, I am excited because I am in the middle of refreshing the site. A Personal Tao is a creative endeavor for myself. The next six months will be about making the site more robust. Over 12 years it’s pretty amazing how much a person can create. I have updated over a hundred pages over the last three months and will expand and polish another 600 pages in the months ahead. Step by step, our actions do add up more than one would think!
I will enjoy making the site smoother and more vibrant. The site has been reinvented three times since I created it in 2005, and now 2018 will be the next iteration of change. New Year means not to let the past hold us back and to acknowledge our need to evolve.
As I pause for the new year, I also see many people shifting how they live. This is a powerful moment to expand communities and help others live more gracefully.
So yes I see this next year as a good one, but this is true every year because I strive to change each year.
May your striving this year bring you changes that allow you to grow also!
Let each day be the start of a new year! So that in a handful of months you can strive across many years of change. While others struggle with being stuck trying to remember their new year resolutions, you can be light years ahead in new options, a new life and a better place to be.
Blessings indeed for the many new years ahead, each day, each month ahead.
A New Year of Great Change
- In this new year, many people might feel overwhelmed from all the political, social and environmental changes our world is going through.
Taoist Teachings show that we are always changing. Times of change, are also the most powerful times to be alive: since we can use the energy of the times to help make any possibility to be true. (not just the negative ones). So this is a time to flip everything around and make the world truly a new place: a place that will embrace both good and bad to be something new!
The very fact the world is changing so much, adds more energy into the possibilities of our own lives, to make a difference!
This not a time to give in to fear, but its time to live to your potential and express outward to your nature. The year ahead is what we make it be, so make it a great year, one step at a time.
So in a time of new year resolutions remember to embrace the moment and to embrace what you desire to be as true, in this, we can make a difference, and a difference will be of a better world if that is where you step towards.
Each moment is a new time to move onward with the possibilities of our life.