“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
When I was a young history buff, I became enamored of the Franklin Roosevelt era – from mid-Depression through the WWII years – because while terrible events were occurring, they seemed to bring out something hearty and upbeat in many people. It isn’t until my more recent years that I have been finding out more about Eleanor Roosevelt and how much she embodied these traits that I admired.
Strength in the face of adversity doesn’t have to mean broad, impressive action. It does mean the awareness of possibility of something better. It means grit and resilience and willingness to pick up, dust off and try something else.
The new thoughts in the new day can touch on the frustrations of the previous day, but in a way to sift through for anything useful. To acknowledge that there were frustrations, but then to turn forward and decide how to keep moving. To decide to use the frustrated energy as part of that new strength.
This is a new year, a time when we naturally do some comparisons – look how far we have come, look at where we thought we might be. We have the possibility of being disappointed or galvanized by the results of this reflection. Is that place that we thought we would be still desirable? Or are there new options that are more in line with current thoughts?
I’ve never been one for filling in too much detail on long-range plans. Life tends to show me up when I make this attempt. Instead, I plan with options – mix and match – remember Garanimals clothing for kids? These pants can go with any of these 5-6 tops. Life choices can work like that too.
What possibilities do you see for yourself this coming year?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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