by Reba J Hoffman, Ph.D
Maybe you had a, well… less than stellar year in 2012. Perhaps you got sidetracked. Or, every time you burned the midnight oil typing out word count, the dog ate your home work. Poor Rover, he gets blamed for everything!
Ok. Here’s the thing. 2012 is now history. You cannot go back to those days even if you wanted to. I’m sure Edie will be writing about time travel in her science fiction novels but you and me? Nope. Can’t do it. Ain’t gonna happen.
So, now that we’ve cleared that up, please do yourself a favor… well, actually a few favors:
- Forget it! Look, it’s long gone and, unless your blunder made international news, no one remembers. So give yourself a break and let it go.
- Stop punishing yourself. Did you know you are an imperfect, mistake making human being by design? God made us imperfect so that we can be made perfect in Him. With imperfection comes mistakes. Idiosyncrasies. Quirks and kinks. It’s what makes us unique.
- Move forward. The body, mind, will and emotions were created for forward motion. Don’t believe me? Try walking backwards. Doesn’t feel right, does it? Give yourself a rest and move in the direction you were naturally designed to move: forward.
- Laugh at yourself. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve gotten some of the heartiest, side-splitting laughs when thinking of my own foul-ups, bloops and blunders. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons God made us imperfect. We make our own medicine!
We’re already four days into a brand new start for you. Old things have passed away. Behold! All things have become new! Embrace that. God did that for a reason. Walk away from the past and into this brand new year.
Believe in what God has planned for you this year. It is full of promise. Yeah, you’ll still make mistakes. A lot of them, but just think, you’ll have a lot more things to laugh at through the year and great stuff to abandon this time next year.
Just lighten up and have fun with the year. You’ll be glad you did.
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.