The beauty of a new year is that you feel like you’ve got a clean slate. Everything you did do, didn’t do, and should have done… it’s all so last year. A new year is that opportunity to start fresh and new. A new year holds the promise of new opportunities.
Two recent posts helped me get into this New Year spirit. First, one friend share the graphic posted with this blog that announced the rare occurrence of a New Moon on the first day of the New Year. New Year + New Moon = Really New Beginnings, Really Fresh Starts, and Super Clean Slates.
Another friend shared this blog post by Shannon Kaiser, 20 Things To Let Go Of Before The New Year. I actually think I’ve done a pretty good job of not carrying around so much baggage, but the organization-loving part of me can always get on board for a good list, so I clicked over. I confess, I plan to hang this list up on my wall as a daily reminder to live life like Star Trek (boldly going where no man has gone before) and I will share copies with my daughters who are at that age where struggling to fit in and be accepted is a constant distraction.
The promise of 2014 is exciting for me. There is much to look forward to at A Woman’s Place and each moment invested in achieving the vision of a society where all individuals are safe and can flourish is invested with joy. The work that we do may not be easy, but it is always amazing to witness what incredible things can happen when faced with challenges. While I am not typically a resolution maker, the promise of 2014 inspires me to make my own promises for 2014.
1) I promise to devote myself to empowerment, acquiring and increasing the spiritual, social, educational, gender, and economic strength of ourselves, individuals, and communities.
2) I promise to approach all that I do with courage and creativity while maintaining equality, integrity, and respect for all.
3) I promise to keep social justice at the heart of all I do.
4) I promise to remember to laugh and sing and dance when the storms come (and we all know they will) and to encourage others to laugh, sing, and dance with me.
5) I promise to make the hard work of building empowered lives and flourishing communities as much fun as possible for all who join me.
I wish each and every one of you who so diligently spare precious time to read my words a 2014 full of promise!
WHAT’S YOUR PROMISE FOR 2014?
Comment and share – I’d love to hear!
To accomplish our vision of a society where all individuals are safe and can flourish, the programs, services, and decision making at all levels of A Woman’s Place are rooted in and guided by the following values: Courage, Creativity, Equality, Integrity, Respect, and Social Justice.
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place
Ifeoma U. Aduba