We anticipate the impending end of the year and often look to it for closure; an ending to all those things that did not go 'right' for us this year, an ending to moments that have come and gone, an ending to projects we worked on, activities we accomplished, relationships we moved away from. Look to the ending of the year as closure on those parts of ourselves and our lives this year that deserve and even, perhaps, need an ending. Let them remain here in this year, without being dragged forward into the next. This conscious sense of completion is often what we need to prevent us from carrying unwanted luggage with us into everything that is yet to be.
Before focusing on what is yet to be though, we should always take time to consider what luggage we do want and choose to bring with us into the New Year. We may have unfinished tasks to continue to work on, we have relationships that provide us with love and strength that move forward with us also, we have accomplishments that instill us with pride that should be packed and brought forward to everything else that we do. Many people make the mistake of bringing the wrong set of luggage with them into the future. Don't you be one of them. Pack all of the negativity of the past into the cases clearly marked and labelled as... 'Toss'. Don't hoard these memories; clear out your mental cupboards for new experiences, emotions, beliefs, relationships and skills. However, also recognise that there is a set of luggage, labelled 'Keep', that represent all of the positive elements in your Bring Forward pile; the relationships that support and build you, the memories of your 'Wins' and successes, the skills you have developed, the hopes for more and better in your life, the optimism and faith they will happen, the determination to ensure they do, the belief you are deserving.
Start the New Year by bringing into it the the right baggage, leaving behind any of the baggage that would get in your way, that would prevent you from being and becoming all that is within you. Pack your bags for the trip you want to take, leaving behind everything that would simply weigh you down. Take the time now to Pack your Bags for the kind of trip you want the New Year to be, leaving behind all of those articles that don't and won't serve you.
You get to craft the year you want to have. Begin now by metaphorically packing for it. Consider taking pen to paper and creating an actual list of what you want the New Year to look like, and then creating the corresponding shopping list of skills, memories and people that will support those goals. This is your packing list. Put them in your bags, pick 'em up and get ready to step into the New Year, armed with what is needed for you to succeed!
That is my wish for all of you - a truly happy and successful New Year!