Happy New Year from UGTS

What I love most about New Year’s Day is the notion that ‘today is the first day of the rest of my life’. I know that every day is the first day of the rest of my life, but I forget. A New Year always fills me with excitement at what life has to offer. The past is the past and, whatever choices I have made, and whatever actions I have taken that didn’t have the result that I wanted are back there, in the past. What I have done, is not who I am.


Resolutions are not what I am advocating here, although many people look forward to them and claim to need them in their life to acquire motivation.


I am advocating forgiveness. Forgiveness is not condonement, it is letting go of feelings that will eventually create ill health for us. So first of all let’s forgive ourselves for anything that we are still holding onto that didn’t show up the way we expected it to. I always say ‘there are no mistakes, there are only lessons’.


What do we learn when things always go right? And don’t we learn when they go wrong? Secondly, let’s forgive anyone else in our life we are holding responsible for our bad feelings. Holding resentments against someone is like drinking poison and expecting them to die. They are probably resting on a beach in Hawaii you are down with the flu. Let them go. I am not saying they were right to do what they did, just that we need to learn from them, plan to not allow it anymore and move forward.


We are responsible for how we feel about events in our life…completely responsible. A good way to start a new year would be to remember that we are in control of how we perceive and experience all the occurrences around us. When we understand that, we take charge of our lives and become powerful and focused and can accomplish anything.


by Janet Robinson