Tonight, I will see in a New Year for the 50th time.
Having tried and failed at making and achieving New Year’s resolutions since I became aware of what a resolution was, I’ve decided that this time, I will put that tradition behind me, along with all of the trauma and pain that came my way in 2011.
Tonight, I walked a labyrinth, with intent and purpose – as a symbol of letting go of my past and my preconceived notions about myself and others. I followed the circuits to the center, leaving the limitations of my history behind. On reaching the center, I sat and looked inward, reaching toward my own center, and eventually found the peace and joy of just being in that moment. When the time was right, I then followed the path back out to a new realization that I truly have the potential to achieve my goals, as long as I look inside myself for guidance.
I am, for the first time in many years, ready to greet the New Year with hope.