It’s a new year. Are you getting better or standing still?

new yearMost first week of January posts deal with goal setting or resolutions or turning over a new leaf or letting go of what no longer serves us.

I’ve written such posts in the past and you can find one of them here.

But I want to write about just one thing on this first day of January, 2014:

Are you getting better, or are you standing still?

In Mutant Message Down Under, author Marlo Morgan reported that Aborigines of Australia celebrate birthdays much differently than we do here in the west.  The birthday person will announce how they have transformed or grown in the past year so that the whole tribe can celebrate together.

If there was no improvement, there is no celebration!

What can you celebrate today?  And what do you want to celebrate a year from today?

Our growing and getting better should be the hallmark of our lives.

New Moon – New Year – New Beginning

January 1, 2014 is a new moon as well as a new year. An auspicious time for a fresh start.

Every new moon is a new beginning.  So today is doubly auspicious.

Even though time didn’t stop and the sun will rise and set just as it always has, there’s a psychological shift that takes place in going from the year 2013 on one day and being in 2014 the next.  And most people want to take advantage of it.

Ask  yourself these questions:

  • Are you happier?
  • Healthier?
  • Less stressed?
  • Working on solutions to the problems that vex you?
  • Being kinder?
  • More patient?
  • Practicing forgiveness?

Any one of those would be a reason to celebrate. If you can’t find anything to celebrate being better at, well, a new year and a new moon just started so decide what you want to be better at and get going.

One year from now, what will you regret not having done?

Make sure the change is something YOU want, not someone else’s wish for you.

It’s so easy to get caught in a rut and do the same thing day in and day out. Don’t let that happen to you.

Find just one thing to change and take a step forward.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the same results.  Over and over and over.

What’s the solution?  Change just one thing!

Want to include meditation in your daily routine?  Wake up just 10 minutes earlier and meditate for 10 minutes.  Don’t know how?  Check out this short video.

Want to start exercising?  Again, get up 20 minutes earlier and either go outside and walk, or find a workout on youtube and exercise along.

Want to eat better? Drink fewer diet sodas and eat organic produce when you can.

Just choose one thing and remember that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

I’d love to hear in the comments section what you are celebrating from 2013, and what you want to be celebrating one year from now. Put the intention out there and see what happens.

And have a blessed new year!

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  1. Tim Wolfe

    Yes to love do I embrace. Iong before I read the wind is my mother, I experienced the truth about how to celebrate one’s birthday. That birthday was the best I experienced. It opened my heart to celebrate by giving my all. The Father spoke and I listened!!! Oh what joy that special day was. I was not longer in the world but truly free! To discover this was how the native Americans celebrated there birthday was amazing! Ask and it will be given
    My birthdays have never been the same since!
    I challenge you to go outside of your comfort zone and truly be transformed by love!

    • Molly Larkin

      What wonderful advice, Tim. I agree that the only way to grow is to go outside one’s comfort zone – that’s where the magic is!!

  2. Tim Wolfe

    Today is a good day to live!

  3. Joan

    Thank you for another thought provoking and timely message. Life provides another invitation with this new moon beginning to look over the tapestry of life and to tease apart the threads that may have been woven at an earlier time in a less conscious way. Time to let go of some frayed bits and pieces, maybe repair the loom where needed and put on a new garment. One suitable for dancing in celebration!

    • Molly Larkin

      I love your analogy, Joan. Well said! Thank you.

  4. Arthur

    Jan 1 is a new start, and as you say so is a full moon. And a Sunday and any sunrise! My birds do not know things like dates and days. So why start afresh on a given day – why not EVERY day?

    • Molly Larkin

      Thank you for your excellent observation, Arthur. You are absolutely right!

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