Into 2017

Dear Readers, Another year has come and gone and we find ourselves on the doorstep of 2017. For most us, before we step through that doorway, there is a moment to look back and review the year as well as our entire lives. This can be a healthy process in which introspection allows us to glean wisdom from your personal history. Shedding the story and collecting the wisdom is a natural need for the psyche and allows us to evolve and grow to our full potential.  Often, we will be caught defending the past, fighting for a victim position, or be caught in guilt and remorse from something we cannot do anything about to change.  Here’s the great thing – we may not be able to change the past but we can make amends for a past situation and allow our psyche to respond differently in the future.  It is wise to review our history with tender gloves and love as decisions from the past that may have not served us are the lessons that let us know we will do it differently this year. If we only blame ourselves or others we will be caught in an emotional quagmire in which there is more of a tendency to repeat the situation all over again.  There is some great truth in the recovery statement of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, thinking you will have a different result.” Do the emotional work and see, hear, and value your emotions and then empower yourself to release whatever it is that is holding you emotionally hostage. While...