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Happy New Year!
As the New Year begins, we often have a tendency to reflect on the past year we have had and then decide how we would like our life to be for this next year! We all wish to live the life we really want. But it often seems that so few of us actually do. Why is that??
In theory, creating the life we want should be easy, but if it really were, everyone would be doing it! Sometimes we’re too busy working, paying bills or picking up kids to give it much thought. Sometimes we don’t know how to get clarity so we put it off until “later.” Or, perhaps, we have ignored what we really wanted and, instead, created a life that others wanted for us. For many, we may have given it some thought, but have no idea HOW to get the life we want, we don’t know the steps to take…or maybe we know the steps but get stuck in INACTION.
“Wear Gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your Life!”- Rumi
Steve has lots of everything—a nice apartment, a well-paying job, new car, and nice clothes. But he didn’t get that last promotion at work, which he really wanted. His last vacation was a disappointment, and no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t save money. He’s also having difficulty finding the perfect woman for him.
How he thinks: Why do things keep going wrong? Things never work out right for me! It just doesn’t seem fair when I work so hard. People don’t appreciate me. What did I do to deserve this?
Emma has recently been through a painful divorce. She’s hurt and angry, and she’s not sleeping well. Her children are having a difficult time adjusting and blame her for the divorce. She’s not enjoying her job anymore and sometimes wonders if she’s in the right career.