• Susan L.

Moving Forward into a New Year

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

Welcome to a brand-new year, 2020, the year of perfect vision. At the beginning of a new year, most of us make resolutions hoping for better health, self-improvement, or personal accomplishments. But as hard as we try to stick to our goals in the coming months ahead, it doesn’t always work out that way. Life has a way of throwing us off track, making it difficult to stay focused.

When we feel overwhelmed, we quickly lose sight of our goals and the things we hold dear. It can add to our daily stress and lead to feelings of guilt, failure, and even resentment. Last year was one of those years for me.

It started with my father taking a nasty fall after his recent hip surgery, which meant even more trips to the doctor and physical therapist. I had little time for myself and the important goals I had made at the beginning of the year. As the months went on, there continued to be one thing after another. By the end of summer, I had a real scare, which turned out to be a wakeup call for me.

During a routine exam, the doctor found something of concern that led to more tests and procedures. All of a sudden, my life came to a screeching halt. During this time, I experienced many feelings and emotions that made me re-evaluate even the smallest of things.

Waiting for test results was excruciating, and all I could think of was how profoundly my life was about to change. I felt vulnerable and was tense and afraid of what lay ahead. I had suddenly lost sight of my path, and I desperately needed to find clarity.

One day I woke up and realized that when I focused on the present moment and stopped agonizing about what might happen, I began to feel less anxious. It gave me a chance to reflect on my strength, my blessings, and how I was feeling. The pace of my life felt different, and I knew a shift had taken place.

By letting go of fear and anxiety, I found a place of presence. I learned to see more clearly by staying open to the view in front of me. Luckily for me, the test results came back negative.

In this new year of 2020, I plan to view life a little differently as I reflect on some of the most important things I have learned. There are ways of seeing that keep us present in the moment, helps us look ahead and strive for a better future. So, for 2020 my most important goal will be better vision!

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!