A New Year is a time for a new chapter filled with opportunities

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

It occurred to me recently that many of the hobbies I once found great fulfillment in have since ceased being a part of my existence.

From reading books and magazines to writing poems and lyrics to composing musical arrangements on the piano – somehow they’ve all gotten away from me as the busyness of life seems to have overshadowed them.

It saddened me to think how I’ve let myself forget about these treasured hobbies, which once were at the center of my being – helping me through difficult times and easing my anxieties throughout various stages of my life.

It’s easy for all of us I suppose to get so caught up in work, relationships and family that we forget how important it truly is to claim a portion of our day just for ourselves. To rejuvenate our spirit by remembering and embracing the talents and skills that live inside of us – that have been so easily overlooked.

I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. I find them trite in the grand scheme of things.

But this year I am making a promise to myself – a promise that I will once again connect with those cherished activities which once brought me great joy, personal fulfillment and a little time to reconnect with who I am and where I’m going. Whether its fifteen minutes or an hour, the important thing is to make time and put in the effort with some regularity.

I suspect it won’t take me long to settle back in to some kind of a routine – and once I’m there I hope to discover something I’ve been missing. And I guess that’s just the point. There are opportunities all around us to bring our lives some fulfillment. But you have to be willing to make the time to “open the book” and write the story before someone else does it for you.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!



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