It’s here. The beginning of another year. How will you bring in the New Year? I believe that how we spend New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the coming year. This may or may not be true, but since I believe it to be true, I guess it’s true for me. Over the past few years, I’ve become very mindful of what I am doing and who I am with as the clock strikes twelve. I remember when I was a kid how jealous I was that my older siblings got to go out on New Year’s Eve. They were quite a bit older than me, and I imagined them having all kinds of fun out there in the world. Meanwhile, I sat home banging pots and pans together with my neighborhood friend as we watched the ball drop on TV in Times Square with Dick Clark. It was not what most would call a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve despite the name of the show, but it was fun staying up until midnight.
Since then, I’ve had more than my share of being out in the world on New Year’s Eve. At about 4 o’clock on December 31, 1999, I jumped off my float after performing in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade, clocked out, and drove four hours from Orlando to Miami to meet my friends for a dance party on South Beach. Mind you, I didn’t have a ticket for this event, but I knew that’s where I wanted to be to welcome in the year 2000. This choice did not go over well with my partner at the time, but I was determined to be among friends, flashing lights, and fun music instead of sitting home watching his family drink and play their own version of Family Feud. I must have been so excited to find someone who had an extra ticket to sell that I didn’t look closely at what I was buying. I paid $100 for a ticket to an event with the same name being held in Palm Springs, CA. Oopsie! Lucky for me, the person taking tickets outside the Miami Beach Convention Center must have been thinking about all the places he would rather be that night. Without batting an eyelash, he took my ticket right along with my friends’ tickets. I couldn’t believe it! Starting with my bold decision to go to that party, the night was filled with many more highs and lows. Looking back, I see the year 2000 was also filled with extreme highs and lows.
Twice in recent years I have chosen to be in meditation as the New Year began. I highly recommend this if you’ve never tried it. It’s quite an interesting experience. In the stillness, by myself, with my eyes closed, I was actually able to feel the energy build and explode around me before I heard the fireworks go off and people start screaming and banging pots and pans outside. People still do that, right? In any case, my New Year’s Eve celebrations have run the gamut from solitude to mega parties, joy filled to drama filled, and peaceful to chaotic. Of all of them, my favorite by far is the New Year’s Eve I spent eye to eye with an orca. It was just the two of us staring at each other as the clock struck twelve, and it was completely magical. It may not surprise you that just a few months later I started working at Disney World. It doesn’t get much more magical than that! You’ll be able to read the details of that fateful night in the book I’m writing about all the miracles that have happened in my life so far. Stay tuned for that…
So I ask again, how will you spend your New Year’s Eve? What tone would you like to set for 2016? If you live in South Florida, it’s not too late to change your plans and join me from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale for some inspiring words from August Gold and some inspiring music by Carol Logen. The essence of Spirit comes through each of these women in a unique and powerful way. I’m really looking forward to it! However you choose to celebrate, remember there is no wrong way. Just be mindful of your choices and only bring what you want to bring into 2016. I would be honored to assist you in letting go of anything that is no longer serving you with one of my Life Coaching programs or with the amazing tool known as Family Constellations. Both can be done in person or over the phone. Please visit my website or contact me for more information. I leave you with these beautiful words about the New Year from my favorite book, A Course in Miracles.
So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different by making it all the same. And let all your relationships be made holy for you. This is our will. Amen.
See you next year!