What’s NEW in the New Year?

2020 was a year unlike any for most people alive today. From traveling across the globe to country to another suburb – everything has been curtailed / redefined. A way of life known for all our life has changed.
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2020 was a year unlike any for most people alive today. From traveling across the globe to country to another suburb – everything has been curtailed / redefined. A way of life known for all our life has changed.

Not surprising therefore that everyone was heaving a sigh of relief when the year was coming to an end. But does the sheer passage of time in itself alter things? The pandemic is still out there assuming new forms for the new year.

What needs to be new in the New Year is us – you, me, all of us.

Celebrate the present moment. The fact that you survived the pandemic is reason enough to celebrate.

How might we celebrate? By being present, purposeful, empathetic, kind. There are times when hours, days, weeks, months, sometimes even years seem to be a blur. That’s because we weren’t fully present to the moment. The moment was a means to an unclear, ever changing goal.

In reality we can reinvent ourselves anytime of the year. Sadly we don’t. New Year is a time when our brain is primed for accepting new beginnings.

Imagine a kid who goes from one grade to the other without really learning, growing or changing. You would scoff at the idea. But doesn’t this seem to be the way of life for many adults?

2020 taught us that we could easily live without a lot of what we considered indispensible. It’s as though nature decided to check all of mankind into a detox centre. It is now time to take that ahead in terms of renewal and healing.

Connect with yourself. Spend time with yourself. Reconnect with your purpose, values. Honor the choices that emerge. Make everyday meaningful. Weave sustainability into your everyday living. Mindful living is a pre-requisite for sustainability which is necessary for restoring the equilibrium of the planet.

This change is not an indulgence. It’s a necessity as urgent as an effective vaccine for Covid. Unless change happens at an individual level nothing much will change at the collective level.

Wishing you a whole new YOU in the New Year.

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