Bismillah! A wonderful New Year!
I am excited for this new year. Usually, the end of a year is almost nostalgic and bittersweet, somewhat sad, but for 2014, I was only looking ahead with wonder and looking back with smiles. It is not because 2014 was the all-around best year, it was a good year however because me and my family and dear friends made it with our health, love, peace, and blessings, praise be to Allah (swt). The nostalgia of previous years was also not because those years were sad or depressing. Perhaps this feeling is from the strengthening of spirituality the past few(many?..) months, SubhanAllah. Either way, I am positive, optimistic, all the goodness that makes me look forward to this new year.
One of the great things about New Years' is that it is just another chance to fulfill any resolutions that you may have. I used to be on full support for the tradition of making New Years' resolutions, but over the past couple years I realized that, for me personally, making lifestyle changes or enhancing my way of living that benefits me and those around me seemed to be something more substantial and beneficial than "resolutions" that always seem to have a time limit to them. If you don't fulfill one or all of your resolutions by the end of the year, are you not resolved or do you feel incomplete that you did not complete one of your new years' goals? I know I have felt that way sometimes by the end of the year, but what made me feel a little better is if I continue the best I can to fulfill that "resolution", realizing that perhaps it would make more sense to incorporate some resolutions into my life for good. I still make some resolutions, but some of them are
more like lifestyle/way of living. I want to be more
proactive in my overall health and my wellness. I've improved my fitness routine/physical activity this past year which was an amazing and fulfilling thing for me. I want to seek to live with
only accepting positive energy around me and to stay away from things
or people that only bring negativity in my life. I have released certain burdens off of my soul and given them over to God which has given me so much more joy. I also want to make more time to
delve into my creative side, to be my true authentic self, something that is extremely important to me. Music, my great passion, and art, yes that it is! Spiritual joy is on the top of my list. This I can achieve from God's mercy and grace, prayer, meditating on God, and submitting to His will which will brighten my spirit with His light.