During this early part of the new year, the feeling of pristine freshness is palpable. The proverbial clean slate is ready to be used to record our plans and deeds for the year ahead of us. This feeling is like the drawing in of fresh air into our lungs. This is one of the definitions of the word, inspiration.
For most of us, the first days of a new year are inspirational because they seem so new and fresh. Our day planners, calendars, and electronic reminders are mostly vacant and ready for us to fill up. We can feel some level of excitement and anticipation of the possibilities. This feels akin to rebirth. We have more chances to pursue our dreams. The mind becomes full of ideas about possibilities.
We have more desire to do more than merely survive. Life takes on a more energetic urge to thrive with passion, light-heartedness, and classiness. Ideas and schemes bubble up from the subconscious. Maybe the ideas are past dreams that were never started but are now being reconsidered. Perhaps there is the outline of a grand scheme to aid humanity in a genuinely helpful way.
All it takes is for an inspirational phrase or a supportive comment to trigger you to take immediate action that starts the chain reaction of completing a project. Have you ever thought about chain reactions in ways that do not involve nuclear weapons? The inspiration not only triggers the explosion of creativity and activity, but fuels the processes and work needed to bring the scheme to fruition.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”–Eleanor Roosevelt
We encounter situations and scenarios that place roadblocks and limitations in our way. We know in our hearts that we must undertake the task, but the task appears impossible. Few people or nobody has ever undertaken that particular task before now. When we come upon the wall of limitations, this is the time to repeat Mrs. Roosevelt’s advice over and over to ourselves. Her words represent true grit and persistence. Your plan becomes your mission. Mrs. Roosevelt was a woman of many wonderful accomplishments. She has inspired women and men who feel driven to perform great, compassionate, truly helpful tasks.
Perhaps one of your New Years resolutions is to improve yourself in some important way. You want to get rid of a harmful habit that has bothered you for a long time. You have now promised to finally stop the harmful activity this year. Now is the time to remember that a promise is a solemn vow, not meant to be broken. We must always remember not to merely utter the words of a promise, but to live by those words. After all, a solemn promise is a sacred oath.
Even in our darkest hour we can illuminate ourselves by remembering our best human traits: “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”–Anne Frank
Many wise sages of the past and present have reminded us that what we think, we become. I hope the inspiration of these fresh days of the new year manifest as our reality.