The past year is indeed a year to remember, many have lost their jobs, lost an opportunity, and some may have lost a loved one because of the pandemic. It is now the start of the new year, and we are still in our fight against COVID-19. We made it through the past year, but it was not easy.
This year, take it as a chance to shift your perspective no matter what you are going through.
Bernie Brennan, the author of the book Walking with Jesus, said that “our life can seem as if we have all that we need, but we do not know what changes are ahead of us.”
When Bernie was 30 years old, her life changed after a car accident that almost killed her. The healing process was not easy, but as she came to know Jesus Christ, our Saviour, her faith has helped her shift her perspective.
In the book of Jerimiah 29:11, the Lord said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This year, we should spend time alone with God and reflect on the things in our lives. Thank Him for whatever your circumstances are because His plans are not to harm anyone.
Moving forward, we all should appreciate the people around us; remember that many people lost a family member last year because of the pandemic and if you are one of the lucky ones who have not lost anyone, be grateful. Appreciate the people around you and let them know that you love them.
Also, if you have broken relationships, consider
mending them. As Bernie Brennan said in her book,
“we do not know what changes are ahead of us,” time heals all wounds, but you should also be willing to let go and forgive.
We are not perfect, and for sure, we have hurt someone along the way. This year, make it a habit to be accountable for everything that you do. If you think you have hurt a person, be humble, and be sorry for the things you have done wrong.
Indeed, the year 2020 was a challenging year for our career. Some may have missed a promotion, and some may have lost a chance to expand a business. This year make every loss and missed opportunity to assess yourself what you could have done better.
Find ways to improve your skills or maybe learn a new skill. Ask your immediate supervisor your areas for improvement and make sure that you strive to be better at what you do.
If you missed a promotion, this might mean that you will have a lesser workload and spend more time with your family. On the other hand, if you missed an opportunity to expand your business, maybe a better deal is about to happen in the future.
This year, commit to taking your time to understand all the negative things that happened to you and process your emotions. Do not overreact because you have the power to control how you would positively shift your perspective.