The beginning of the year is a great time for fresh starts. Many people take some time at the end of the year to think about what the year has been like for them. We review what hopes and goals have been fulfilled and which have not. We may look at ourselves and see qualities we view with pride and qualities we don’t feel good about. This is a great time to change attitudes and behaviors that don’t serve us well. There is no question that the improvement of character is always possible.
We usually think of fresh starts as something we choose. We may choose to move to a new home, enter a new relationship or get a divorce and start a single, independent life. Of course, many fresh starts are not chosen, for example, the new beginning required when a spouse dies, when we have to move from independent living to a care environment or when it is our partner who seeks the divorce or breaks up with us.
Even the changes that are hard to accept can be turned into an opportunity for a fresh start. Life continually demands our flexibility and adaptation to changing circumstances. Here are a few questions to ponder:
1) What does the term “fresh start” mean to you?

2) What new beginnings have you had to negotiate in the past 5 years?

3) Are there things or people or situations you need to let go of in order to have the new beginning you desire?

4) Do you have specific personal or situational intentions for the coming year? What would you like to create for yourself in the New Year?

5) What sources of support can you tap into to help you fulfill your intentions?