What to replace those New Year’s resolutions with…

By Benjamin Aggrey 3 years agoNo Comments
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The funny thing about a new calendar year is that it’s the one time of year that, universally, we find ourselves pushing the past in the past, and dreaming of what could come next.

It’s a time when we renew commitments to goals, people, family, work.

It’s a time when we instinctively build up willpower and a strong belief that indeed anything is possible.


This year, 2016, it is very clear to me that my life now takes a different trajectory from the journey I have been on for the last 40 years.

And that belief did not happen because it happened to turn from 31st December to 1st January while I slept.

It’s a change that’s been a long time coming … whether I fully realised it was coming or not.

And though I have only recently begun actively participating in making the life changes I wanted, I have to say that there is one single element that … like New Year’s Eve revellers … made it instantly possible to fully give in to the change.

And that single element is that I gave myself permission to let go and give in to the moment.

See I think so often we question what we want to do, what we need to do, what we think we should do, what others have advised us to do, what we perceive others have done, what others might do ….

Well,… you get the point. We question.

And questioning is good. Contemplation, examination, consultation, and reflection are all good things but they have their place. None of them puts you in the middle of the change though. None of them is about going with the flow. All of them force you into an observing role rather than a participatory role.

But here’s what I have learnt about life in my year of transformation. Life, is happening every minute of every day. To spend the time pondering, reflecting, examining is to merely be a spectator. I have learnt that the only way to truly involve yourself in your own life is to let go, stop questioning and see what happens.

The only way to truly start living is to give yourself permission to dance with whatever music has been added to the playlist.

So this New Year’s Day, my wish for you is great music, permission to enter the dance floor, and to revel in a most glorious 2016 dance.

Happy New Year!

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