Happy New Year!
I’m floating in the Carribean sea, on a boat in the Bahamas, where we’ve been sailing for the past week and a half. It’s my first time sailing or spending this much time on a boat (other than a handful of week-long cruises which I’m not sure count). The Caribbean water is a nearly transparent aqua with various shades of turquoise patches as far as you can see.
Today is New Year’s Day and bobbing atop the Caribbean waters seems a perfect setting to reflect on the year and contemplate some goals for 2011.
This year has been one of many adventures and changes for me. I left my corporate job to start my own business, traveled to five continents and did a lot of soul searching. And yet, despite having such an incredible year, I have not always enjoyed this year’s experiences to the fullest because of my tendency to be a worrywart.
So one of my main goals for the New Year is to focus on being more positive. Striving harder to live in the moment, being more grateful for my experiences, more accepting of what I can’t control, focusing on what I do want as opposed to what I don’t want and worrying less.
Just the other day, someone told me that people often think that if the world, people and situations around them weren’t so hectic and complicated, that they would better be able to find peace. The truth though, they said, is that if you find peace within you first then the world naturally becomes a less complicated place. You must seek peace within you, it’s not something you can find anywhere else.
That makes total sense to me and so this year I’d like to make more of a conscious effort to find that peace within. I’m not exactly sure how to do this, but I think it will become more clear to me now that I’ve set the intention to do so.
What are some of your New Year’s goals? Regardless of what they may be, I wish you peace, prosperity and happiness in the New Year, and always