Small Steps Towards Big Change
With the season of light behind us, the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, the Christian celebration of Christmas, Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, and the African American celebration of Kwanzaa, once more the New Year offers us the opportunity for beginning again. The New Year provides space for wiping the slate clean of last years broken resolutions to start anew. Even if we have taken the same route before and find ourselves contemplating the choice to start over again, this time we can take it slowly, and move forward. Life doesn’t always give us the opportunity to anticipate or prepare for a big change, and we may find ourselves overwhelmed by what is in front of us. So when we do decide that it’s time for big changes in our lives it is wise to ease into them by starting small. Small changes allow us to grow into a new habit and make it a permanent part of our lives, whereas sudden drastic changes may cause a sense of failure that makes it difficult to go on, and we are more likely to revert to our old ways. By choosing one thing at a time to work on, and focusing our attention on something manageable, eventually we are able to see that we’ve accomplished quite a bit. Sometimes goals that we set for ourselves are merely indicators of the need for change and are useful in getting us moving in the right direction. However, it is possible that once we try out what seemed so ideal, we will find that it doesn’t actually suit us, or make us feel the way we had hoped. However, by embarking on the path slowly, we have the chance to look around and consider other options as we learn to grow. There is time to examine the underlying values of the desire for change and find ways to have those feelings manifest whether it looks exactly like our goal or not. As we enter a new year, let’s resolve to take small steps forward allowing time for us to adjust and find secure footing on our path.
From my heart to yours,