Happy New Year

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As 2021 washes away, how about making a New Year resolution to be a “compassionate mess”?

This means that instead of focusing on getting it right, we focus on opening our hearts. Even though it’s important to try to alleviate our suffering by making needed changes in our lives, the truth is we’ll surely fail over and over again. This is what it means to be human. 

The most important thing is, can we be compassionate to ourselves in the midst of our failures and disappointments? Can we embrace the mess with warmth, understanding, support and kindness?  If so, we will have achieved our goal.

We will never find lasting happiness in the circumstances of our lives. Even when we do manage to get it right for a while, things inevitably change.

So instead of thinking of success in terms of what happens, we can start to think of success in terms of how we relate to what happens. Are we being compassionate or not?
Image source: Kristin Neff

Learn from lessons of 2021…

Embrace 2022 with an open-mind and positive thoughts!

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Move beyond your past mistakes, failures, and regrets.

Do not fret about the future. Take one step at a time.

Focus on the present.

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