A glittering, sparkling, and noisy celebration. That was the end of 2018! Fireworks had light up the dark street as we have welcomed the New Year 2019.
Just a few minutes before the clock turned exactly 12 A.M. signifying that the New Year has officially started, I shouted out loud with my vocal power to sing the famous "Auld Lang Syne" and belted songs of Michael Bolton, the "Go the Distance" and the rock star Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life" both songs randomly chosen out of the thousands on the list.
Good thing that the weather was good after the rain had stopped for people and families to welcome the New Year with positive hopes and somehow to have light up some fireworks too. Nothing could have stopped the Filipinos to walk in the rain to have last-minute shopping to buy food for 'media noche' including the 12 or 13 different kinds of fruit that would bring good luck, wealth, and prosperity according to the traditional Chinese feng shui.
Nothing could have stopped us to endure the long line to buy a chocolate cake with a signature "New Year 2019" on top. After all, it's nothing as compared to the challenges we have endured for the year 2018.
In the last 10 years, the new year's eve celebration was more colorful and noisy, but now the noise and glitters are shorter. Celebrations are becoming more simple, but still memorable ones. Perhaps we strive hard to make each new year celebration have something special on the table and be together with our dear family.
Some may have chosen to spend their time in a lavish 'year-end party with friends and acquaintances and enjoy the New year countdown with them. I may even have the desire, but I always choose to spend the New Year with my family. Even how simple the celebration is, it gives a certain meaning that family is love; truly our love. A family who will be with us not only on the first day of the year but throughout the year and beyond.
Since 2012, I spend precious time to be alone for some 'Year-end reflection or Year in Reviews. I made a promise to myself to reflect on how the previous year made me better, what have I accomplished and what are the lessons learned. Christmas in Our Hearts 2018: A New Milestone, Self-Renewal, and New Beginning was a roller-coaster ride. That year brought massive struck-like lighting and a great wave-like tsunami. The year 2018 may not be favorable, but I have fulfilled some goals and learned valuable life lessons. Just like when the year has ended, a new and brighter year ahead awaits. Though we may never know what is ahead of us, yet we remain hopeful.
As I look back on the previous year, New Year 2018: Beyond the Limits brought a rough journey with an uncertain destination. There were several distractions that didn't serve a true purpose. Being out of focus can be destructive and put limits on our actions and coveted goals.
Going back to the present, this New Year reflection is about my goals and aspirations to achieve for the year and a carry over the previous years' experiences and life lessons. No matter how unfavorable it may be, still it is part of my past and can be part of my present and future endeavors.
Higher level of endurance
My previous corporate jobs and positions required tremendous physical power. I have learned to improve my physical and mental stamina through the years since I learned to adopt powerful physical exercises and meditation which I have not practiced actively for about 3 years already. May this year 2019 bring back to a lighter and more active physical energy through simple yet powerful exercises and meditation.
I've started to realize a few years ago that nature has given us a way to stay grounded or connected with our roots. With our busy lifestyle and stressful day-to-day routine, we forget to be grounded. Our mind takes us somewhere else and we do not feel the natural elements of the earth for healing. Back in my hometown about 3 years ago, I put some medium-sized fine stones to add natural elements to our little garden. I would then invite my mother to take a barefoot walk along with me. I believe it gives a physical grounding effect aside from the natural reflexology it gives.
May this year bring me to places close to nature and experience real physical grounding. To leave footprints in the sand, camping by the beach, and sitting on the shore.
To feel angry is normal, but to utter words that are not good might be hard to take back. Thus, one thing that I have learned is to be in control of emotions. It may be the hardest thing for me to do, but that is good for emotional health. There are times when I have to keep quiet to avoid an argument despite the urge to do so. Now, I would try my best to understand people's actions and intentions and apply self-restraint in the choice of words and appropriate actions.
Mindfulness and Social awareness
Being mindful is good for mental health. Through prayers and meditation, it will help to look beyond ourselves. To lookout for an opportunity to be of service to someone or to a larger community. I have been part of a group that gives greater service to humanity through social projects, however, I have not followed through for years. May this year open another door to reach out to people for empowerment.
The Power of Now
One thing that I have learned is to act on the moment whenever possible. To procrastinate is to delay things and soon when there's a lack of inspiration it's hard to do it. To be present at the moment is also being mindful and could prevent us from doubts, fears, and frustrations.
When I acted on my dream to start a business on my own, I didn't wait to have everything to be perfect or accumulate more knowledge. I simply made the first move and everything follows according to plans.
Grit and Perseverance
When all else fail, I would have to choose to accept things as it happens, analyze the situation, make a solution and move on to what's next. Whatever happens, no matter how difficult the road is, I have to survive the odds and keep the fire in me to reach my dreams. With relentless desire, the highest hopes, and a positive spirit, I will be able to make things possible for myself. If I dream of it, then I can achieve it.
The list for new year's resolutions may be endless, but for now, these are the topmost priorities that are achievable. Now, as I remember, those 2 songs I have sung may subconsciously be what I am. I always aspire to "Go the Distance" to reach the extra mile. I also take control of my life for a reason that "It's My Life" is my life and I have to live it. And remember those people who made a sacrifice to walk in the rain? they may have been over and gone through the pain.
A blissful New Year 2019!
© 2019 Del Cusay