So much of our focus for a new year is the 'future' and what it might entail. Our society spends hundreds of millions on riding the wave of 'a better you'. It works too. We decide to organize aspects and areas of our lives that have had a bit of dust fall upon it and promise to become what our goals hope for us to become. The caveat is....while fulfilling the better 'you' don't forget to preserve what you have become from the year you say goodbye to.
We all have things in our lives that we wish we could forget. Do we tend to focus on the things we want to forget rather than remember the triumphs we have overcome. I really feel those that taste of the sweetness of success also swim through the bitterness of failure at some point in their lives. Through the bitter waves of failure though is where we will find an equal or great success....we just need to BELIEVE in ourselves and remember the lessons we have learned along the way.
I have decided to take a different approach this year with my goals and motives....I will remember the failures not as 'failures', but as opportunities. We really don't fail in life, we just sometimes alter our course a bit. Character is defined in our attitudes of adjustment and our determination to persevere. So.....as we leave 2012 behind preserve the moments of success and opportunities as moments that help us determine our next course. They make us who we are and help us become who we are suppose to be.
On my way home from Costco today I caught a rare glimpse of Blue Herrings flying above the shoreline of the harbor. I have never seen them fly together like that. They were absolutely breathtaking!! I glanced up to see one fly off on its own. I immediately thought I could chart my own course. I could be the captain of my ship, that I could take what I have learned and set sail!!!