Walk down the rabbit hole into a stellar new year
To say that it has been a strange year is an understatement. Even stranger than last year, because most of us were hoping that 2021 would see the end of the global pandemic and political unrest. Nope! So here we are, still in the global chaos of COVID and politics, wondering what new disaster will befall us in 2022. Ouch!
But here’s the thing: what are we preparing for? If in fact, like attracts like, if what you think and feel brings you more of the same, what are we getting at? Looking ahead to 2022 and seeing only more to worry about narrows our focus. Our attention is caught up in miserable “what-ifs?” and sail right into positive possibilities. However, we do not want to ignore reality and pretend that everything is fine when it surely is not.
Pay attention to what you are preparing. When you find yourself catastrophized, triggering the pessimistic and fatal scenarios, stop. Yes. Just old – stop! Ask yourself, “Yo, what else could happen here? What good thing could happen down the road?” Because when you look for it, you will always find something valuable, something to be grateful for, that happens in your, our world.
A couple of months ago, I fell ill during a ballroom dance competition. I couldn’t get up from the dance floor. Literally. I was terrified. What if I got hurt so bad I’d never dance again? Do you walk properly again? How would I care for my large dogs? And I went down the rabbit hole of catastrophism, imagining every terrible consequence of this fall. However, the people around me took care of me in many ways, from taking me to the ER to getting me home safe and sound, referring me to a great physical therapist, taking care of my dogs, and so much more. Which finally snapped me out of my doom to “Wait a minute. They’re helping me here. There’s hope. I’m going to be fine.” Which I was, eventually. I had worried unnecessarily for days. And knowing what I do know about how negative thoughts and feelings depress our immune systems and healing abilities, you’d think I would have remembered and averted catastrophe altogether. Sigh…
So no, you don’t want to deny the reality of last year. But there is no need to insist on its genius either. Instead, prepare for a great 2022 by looking at what is going well in your life. To what opportunities for growth, adventure, fun, love and laughter exist, even if they are mere glimpses, in your life.
2022 will largely be what you make of it. So go down the rabbit hole and into the best 2022 you can imagine.