Finding Your Lessons From 2020 As You Enter 2021
As I am writing this article, I’m thinking about the lessons I have learned in this historic year, living within a pandemic.
First what comes up is the word cherish.
Because this year has felt unfamiliar and upside down, I am cherishing more of the simple things in my life.
The lessons for all of us have been many, as we each moved through unchartered waters in 2020.
Furthermore, I will be happy to begin a new year, with hope of finding more “normalcy”, as the days go on.
Likewise, as I talk to others, it seems the theme for many has been, going within.
Since many of us have had more time at home, introspection seems to be what we have done.
As you look for your lessons of 2020, my hope is you will know more about yourself and have learned to slow down and cherish people and things more than ever before.
Another thing that has increased for me, is faith. Faith in God. I’ve written in the past about faith vs fear. Faith vs impatience. I shared a meme today on social media, with the message,
“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought it would like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”
In other words, live in your present moment and find the joy that is there. As you look for your lessons, you will find them.
What will you choose to do differently in this new year of 2021?
What are a couple things you will add into your life or take away?
On January 1st, for several years now, I have been writing down things I want to add in or will do differently.
Since it’s a new year, I consciously take the time to think about this.
It’s helpful to separate your pages as you are writing, into different areas of your life.
My friend, Kristina Fortune Anderson, has spoken in the past about setting intentions, instead of setting new year resolutions.
Segment intending throughout your day, is a good way to make sure you’re following through with your goals or intentions.
Slow down during your day to quickly think about what you’re doing next. Take that “segment” to see in your mind’s eye, what it is you want to achieve.
If it’s a meeting you’re heading into, a visit with a friend or family member, or simply getting in your car to arrive safely, visualize how you want it to be.
When you become clear about what it is you want to feel and have happen, the chances of them happening are increased.
Furthermore, when you slow down, take a second to do this segment intending, you will feel less stressed and more at peace.
Say a prayer and call in God and your angels, to enter your next moments.
Here is a link I have shared before, that explains in more depth about setting intentions for the new year:
If it’s more exercise you want in your life, write down what you’re willing to do. Whether you join a health club, gym, or find workout videos you will do.
Make sure you start realistically. Begin with 3 days each week, not every day. Pick the days and the times that are best for you to do the workouts.
If better nutrition is what you’d like to have, either see a nutritionist or google this subject. Get your plan together, with foods you will eat.
As a result of taking the time to look at what it is you want to achieve, writing things down and then seeking the help you need, you will be on your way to making the differences you want.
No matter which area in your life you want to improve, you can do it!
Accountability partners are helpful. Find someone that is working towards a similar goal. Then decide how you both will check in with each other. When and how often.
Keep it as simple as you can. Be patient with yourself and remember to set your intentions daily and during the different “segments” throughout your day.
Finally, take time each day to consciously to do something you really enjoy. I speak about this often since it truly does shift your thoughts and feelings.
Goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021!
Here’s to health, love, joy, lessons and the end of the pandemic!