Beating New Year Stress: First, Goodbye to 2015!
© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Thursday was the last day of the old year, 2015, and already people were wishing each other a Happy New Year. TV networks aired video summaries of the most colorful events of 2015. The same morning, New Year’s Eve Day, as Arizonans watched those videos over breakfast, Sydney, Australia had already crossed into the New Year and celebrated with fireworks. You have to watch those pesky time zones. Millions around the world are launching full-tilt into their New Year now, urgently waving lists of determined resolutions and imposing new strictures on their beautiful new year. The race is on: people are rushing headlong into New Year Stress!
But wait! Have you properly said “Goodbye!” to 2015? Before you launch into your New Year’s resolutions – and you know you will – how about first making your own summary of all you accomplished or weathered or observed in the old year? I’ll start. My husband had a second great-grandchild born, and an expected one was announced. We had a lot of family medical issues in the last year. I did a lot of general nursing for family members. A surgeon saved my husband’s right eye from cancer and made the eye look normal. I had a relapse into a dark night of the soul due to international terror news. I also recovered in a few weeks and came up stronger.
I finished the third edition of my second book, Peace Within, and taught a day-long class at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Phoenix on The Biospirituality of Peace Within. I helped many people with energy healing from serious pain challenges. I released several long-term friendships that were no longer working. I graduated from a four-year ministry program. I realized my classmates had become like family, the best kind. I wrote a hundred articles and created about a hundred quote posters, mostly from my own photos. I finished with many items from closets and cabinets; homes were found for all of those items. Ours was a year of stress and satisfaction, frustration and love, letting go and optimism, deep pain and radiant joy. Our hearts are richer and stronger for the journeys of the last year.
Now you. Why not make a list of all the frustrations and victories, disappointments and joys you experienced in this last year? Take a piece of paper, a word processor document, or create lists in your phone to write a Dear 2015 letter! Be sure to include three columns for: what I didn’t like, what I did like, and what happened in the world that affected me. You’ll notice a lot of accomplishments. Be proud. Celebrate the good. Toast to the wonders of the Old Year, and then see what makes sense to call in, as you ring in the New.
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and author of the award-winning book, Discover the Secret Energized You, as well as the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book, Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, is available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com for more info. Like this article? Buy Kebba’s books by clicking the links! Reach the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.