It’s that time of year when many people are giving up things, as a New Year’s resolution. Giving up sweets, treats, vices of all sorts, to be more healthful in the hopes of living a longer and happier life. But there is a true benefit to letting go. By releasing things that no longer serve us or fit into our lives, we create space for new and wonderful things to come into our lives. And we release any unhealthy feelings attached to what we are letting go, immediately helping us to feel lighter and happier.
Have you ever cleaned out a drawer or a closet, only to feel like you have more energy afterwards than before you started? Like you were ready to take on the next task? Nature abhors a vacuum, so when you let go of things, nature looks to fill the void and bring something new and wonderful into your life. This is the gift. It energizes you and keeps you moving forward.
It may not come in the way of a “thing” but instead a “someone” – if you have someone in your life who seems to drain your energy every time you’re around her or him, then it may be time to move forward without them. You may want to be with them because of your history or felt obligation, but after you are together, they always seem to feel better, and you feel worse – leaving you wondering how things could have changed. You used to adore being around them. It’s natural for people to come in and out of our lives, they serve a wonderful purpose during that time. But people change and situations change, and sometimes we grow apart as our interests change, no matter how loving or grateful we feel towards each other. As much as we enjoyed our time together, it can be time to move on to new adventures and horizons. We can just be grateful for the time spent together.
All the same, it can be hard to let go. You are comfortable, why change things up? Well, because your happiness is at stake. When you put a vice or obligation to others ahead of your true needs, you sacrifice a part of yourself, and your happiness, in the process. Life is way too short to live for others; yes, my friend, it is time to live for you. It’s like the oxygen mask on the airplane; before you save others, you must first place the oxygen mask on yourself. You can only help others after you care for yourself. You cannot give what you do not have, so please know your self-care is a requirement, not a luxury.
As so many enter the 3rd week of a New Year’s resolution, remain strong and steadfast to yourself. YOU are worth it. This journey is worth it, as it unfolds and unveils to you all the beautiful adventures that lie ahead. Enjoy the journey, and the adventure.
Best wishes for an amazing 2017, and your very best year yet!!!
Only the best,