Should Auld Acquaintance…

sparkler-677774_640We’re coming on another new year, and it’s time to let go of 2015. It may have been a particularly good year for you, or not. But we’re starting fresh in a few days, so now is the time to say goodbye and move on. If you’re not sure how to do that, here are a few suggestions.

Take a minute: It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our lives and never stop and take stock of where we are. The end of the year is a good time to pause and consider where our lives are, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. Are you happy with the choices you made in 2015? Are there things you wish you had done differently? Things you said or left unsaid that you would change? This is your chance to take inventory of your life over the past year.

Let things go: Maybe someone said something hurtful or unkind. Or you’ve been holding a grudge for a slight or someone’s mean behavior. The end of the year is a good time for letting these things go. Not for their sake, but for yours. Let yourself look forward rather than backward. It’s hard to focus on the future if your energy is aimed at the past.

Finish things: Do you have some unfinished business hanging over your head? Now is a good time to stop procrastinating and get it done. Pay bills, write those thank-you notes, call your Aunt Joan, apologize to whoever. Get it done and approach 2016 that much lighter. You will feel so much better.