I’m the only one in my family that eats black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. It’s a tradition that began when I was just a little girl. Today I’ll eat a bowl all by myself, but I’ll be thinking of my parents, who put enough butter and black pepper on their peas to drown out the natural flavor.
Whether you eat black-eyed peas or not, this day represents the dawn of a free slate – a fresh start – a new beginning! There are no mistakes in this day yet. Well, unless you count that I forgot to put the cap on the toothpaste this morning – okay that was a goof.
But the point is, we have the choice to begin from here and LET GO of all our past transgressions and missteps. Honestly, to hang on to that stuff – especially the things you will never EVER have the power to change – well, that can just make you bitter and angry and very cranky toward others. Is that what you really want? It’s not what I want!
So today I want to encourage you to literally let the past go… release it into the vastness of space where it can rise up so far that it eventually breaks into millions of tiny pieces and evaporates completely. Life is too short to huddle up with past hurts and tons of regret that serve absolutely NO purpose in your life today.
Focus on this day – this present moment – this is what you have, and tomorrow it will be part of the past as well. The older I get, the less I hang on to. I just closely filter the things I choose to get my knickers in a knot over – and it’s never over anything that I cannot change. I cannot waste my time and my energy trying to re-write history. What’s done is done and it can’t be replayed with a different outcome – so why leave the tape in your head? Get it out of there – and refocus your mind on the things of today – the new challenges and the new adventures that lie ahead in this new, fresh exciting year!
We have important choices to make in the future – we have to choose a president for our country! We have new jobs to learn, new skills to hone, new paths to tread – and right beside us is our constant companion, God! He will see us through anything He brings us to in life. HAPPY NEW YEAR! God’s got this! 🙂