I love Dr. Seuss and one of my favourites is Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Here’s an extract from the poem.

And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance

You’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon,

That can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

As a kid, I loved Dr. Seuss because his works were fun to read and look at. But as an adult, I can now see and understand that there was much more to his work then rhyming stories and colourful pictures. There are strong messages in his works. In this one, the message is about facing your fears.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Making resolutions is actually a very old tradition that has carried forward in our practice today. The belief around resolutions has remained in that the end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on the past and also look forward to the future. In our look back, we tend to analyze the year and evaluate what we accomplished as well as what didn’t get done. The look ahead to the New Year is an opportunity to “make good” on some of the things that didn’t get done. In other words, it’s a promise we make to ourselves and others of the things we would like to do for the upcoming year.

Outside of tradition, why do people make resolutions? I believe the reason behind making resolutions is that it brings people hope. The New Year is like a clean slate, an opportunity for a fresh start. So we make resolutions from this point hoping that our lives will be better (in some way) than the previous year. It’s also something to look forward to and gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

Have you ever thought about what the gap is between who you are now and the person you want to be? Linda Ellis, author of The Dash; Making a Difference with Your Life, speaks about a man who stood to speak about a friend at a funeral.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

Most of us are so focused on materialist things such as climbing the corporate ladder, making more money and having the latest toys that we actually lose sight of who we are and what’s really important to us. There seems to be a very hard line in our minds between making money and finding our true passion and making a difference. 

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