New Year’s Resolutions

Hey BookEccentral followers and book lovers! I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and had a wonderful time spent with family, friends, and many, many books!

I know my next posts is supposed to be on another book review, but since New Year’s is approaching I’d thought I’d take the time to hopefully inspire and encourage everyone before the end of 2019! In fact, we are about to enter a new decade!

I was inspired to do this post after I heard my pastor preach a sermon on the New Year. I am not going to get very religious or try to push any beliefs on you. I respect all religions and all walks of life. But, I am not ashamed to say that I am Christian and I follow this religion.

The sermon was about forgetting the former things and looking forward to new things (Isaiah 43:16-19). I think that as we go into another year, it is a time to reflect on 2019. But, it also time to break free from our chains. By chains, I mean the things that are holding us back from enjoying a new year.

I personally know that it’s hard to move on from the past, especially the painful and heartbreaking parts of our past. Just this past year, right before Christmas, a family member of mines that I hold dear in my heart suffered from a serious medical condition. It’s been hard on my family, especially my mom, just seeing someone we love not be able to join us in celebrating the New Year.

I know that there are many who are sick, in the hospital, those who have lost a loved one, those who don’t have a home or a family to share their joy with, and so many more hurting. But, I think that we should reflect on how those hardships, pain, and suffering have made us stronger. And, for those who can’t see it or who don’t think the pain and suffering will end, you must believe and have faith that things will be better.

I know it’s hard to see good when it seems that all the good is shrouded in bad. I know the tears never seem to stop flowing almost to the point it seems we will drown in them. But, as my pastor said, “Let all the tears that you cried in 2019 water the seeds for 2020.”

It’s done, put it behind you. Don’t hold on to the former things. It’s time to let go. Letting go isn’t a sign of forgetting or abandoning. It’s a sign that you have the strength to let go of things holding you back from happiness, joy, and love. Of course, the past will always be what it is. There is no changing that, but don’t let the past bring you down. Be thankful for your past and look forward to your present. Accept that the past happened, take what wisdom you can from it, and use that to bring you forward into a better future.

I also want to take the time to thank all of you who have been following, liking, and taking the time to read my blog. I hope to continue this blog because I’ve found that blogging brings me a slice of joy into my life. One of my resolutions is to continue to grow my blog and hopefully help others grow their blogs.

“In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

Feel free to write your New Year’s resolution in the comments below! And, one last note:

Don’t just reflect on what your goals are, but how you want to achieve them and why you want to achieve these goals. Don’t feel ashamed if you feel your goal is “too small” or “unreachable”. No goal is unreachable or too small. Goals are dreams yet to be fulfilled and like a seed it is full of potential growth.

Thank you again for reading! Have a happy, hope-filled, nostalgic, reflective, and prosperous New Year! Hopefully filled with some new books…

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