It often happens that when we are talking to friends and family, or simply having a chat with someone we meet at one of those typical, pre-Christmas group dinners, we notice that there is a tendency to say: Let’s hope that next year will be better, because the one that has just finished has been terrible”.
The year we are leaving behind always seems to be the worst and the most difficult one of all.
During the last 365 days we have experienced absurd things, enormous obstacles, apparently insurmountable barriers and intractable problems, and our hope is that the coming year will be more benevolent.
In reality, we do not realise that each new year presents different challenges, often greater than those we have just overcome. However, each new challenge brings with it goals to achieve and to exceed. The new year is not the way to re-set everything to zero and start again from scratch. Instead, it is the continuation of what we have started; it is the opportunity to practise some stretching and always ask more of ourselves.
The important thing is to give ourselves some objectives, but even more important is not to abandon them on the way. How many of us make a list of resolutions, writing them on the first page of our new diary and then we find ourselves halfway through the year without having crossed off even one of them?
So, what can be done? Focus on small objectives and work to achieve them. Once they have been achieved, others can be written, and then more, and more and more. One never takes a holiday from oneself. The great achievements derive from enduring effort and from our resistance to challenges.
There is no end and no beginning. Everything is connected and is part of a circle. The year we are saying goodbye to will be cancelled in favour of something which has yet to arrive. What we are leaving behind us is the path we have walked along in order to face what lies ahead. It is necessary to be centred on that red dot that tells us, “You are here”, and to move slowly forward without ever looking back.