As another calendar year turns over, many people consider it a fresh start, leaving behind the past year and its problems or bad memories. The conversation about making resolutions to change or become the better you, can come up.  As a seasoned veteran of change for myself and the people I get to work with, our conversations revolve around the parts of our lives that we want to change.  What better opportunity, than to forge ahead with good intentions to loose weight, commit to exercise, or you can fill in the  blank area for fortification.

2019 will also signal the new fiscal year, an end to bowl season (thankfully), or an end to seasonal celebrations, real business will pick up, and schools will fire up as well.  Whatever situation you find yourself in, the fact is, that we have available to us the opportunity to use the time we have in some way or another.  Whatever we choose, time is the most precious commodity that we have, as there is no guarantee for how much we have.  Living in the moment, and seizing each one to fit our goals and aspirations works in January or November.  Change is difficult, but small steps and our actions speak much louder than a list of resolutions that we can write and post on our refrigerator or Facebook page.

My plan does follow living in the moment, slowing down to enjoy whatever I face and do the best that I can. I will attempt to not take myself or whatever comes on the news too seriously.  Perspective can allow us to prioritize what we will devote effort and angst to, addressing those issues or problems as worth the effort.

As the Serenity Prayer states ” God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

So many aspects of our lives can relate to this timely prayer.  Many of my past clients with addictions lived by these words, remaking their daily reality and some in some cases minute by minute struggles.  Whatever the situation, you do not need to face them alone.  Friends, colleagues, and professionals are available to provide support and encouragement.  Do not think you are in it alone, ask for help as it is available.

Carpe diem!