My goodness, the house is lovingly leveled with trimmings and paper and gifts galore. And the gentle hum of Christmas comes to an end. But the Season of Light continues on as Yuletide goes until New Year’s Day. The tree, the lights, the song all come from Yule, so really, Christmas lives on. So I may leave my tree up to shine this week, but my mind wanders to the new year and what it sings in promises and change.
New Year’s is a great symbol of death and rebirth, of transition into betterment. As we tick off the things we want to achieve- perhaps the very things we have listed for years prior- let us think first about the process of transition. Before you write anything on those precious slips of paper or in your journal, what do you fear?
Do you want to change your eating habits? Your diet? Your lifestyle? Do you worry about not being able to eat what you want when you want? Do you fear deprivation? Because it will make your goal quite difficult with that fear whispering in your ear.
There are many fears that stay hidden under the surface. Fear of wellness (more responsibilities, no excuses), fear of money (we ask for more but that too comes with more responsibility and more taxes), fear of disappointment, fear of failure, fears….oh they are prevalent, you just may not recognize them for they burrow in and become part of the landscape of your mind.
Best root them out so you can succeed at your transformations this year. Exposing the darkness brings more light. And that is what this time of year is all about.