NEW – that’s my word for 2016. A new focus for a New Year.
Some things will be new for me this year because of the natural progression of life. My little girl is 5, she’s done with Kinder and she’s off to school – a new experience for her and for Mummy. I’ll have one glorious year where all three of my kids are at the same place…one drop-off, one pick-up! (cue Hallelujah Chorus!)
Obviously, this will mean I’ll have new blocks of time without kids. That may even lead to new ways of drinking tea – hot! Could that really be possible??? I’m going to dare to believe it is! My train of thought may even arrive at its destination without a heap of detours along the way. New!
While this new freedom doesn’t have a whole lot of choice about it (apart from the choice not to home school!), I’m excited at the thought of the other new things it will allow me to explore this year – new opportunities, new experiences, new learning, new habits, new friendships. Those things won’t just happen on their own, though. I’ll need to be deliberate about it – to have a plan, and devote time and effort to make sure “new” happens.
I’ve always been a fan of trying new things. Of course, we can’t always merely add something new to what we’re already doing. Often, to allow for new things, we need to prune others or make changes to what we’ve been doing. We need to let go of the old ways.
As Peter Drucker (Management guru) once said, “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
Embracing anything new, or making anything new happen, starts in our minds. New thinking is key to a new life.
The Bible puts it this way – “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2).
What will be NEW for you in 2016? How will you think differently? What will you let go of?
Happy NEW Year! I hope it’s a great one for you.