Happy New Year

Its New Year in the western calendar today. For a lot of people New year is a time of reflection, new beginnings, and resolutions. 

Giving yourself a chance to start anew is a powerful thing. Its allows you to put aside the things holding you back, and greet the present moment with whatever intentions you want.

But we should remember that we don’t need to wait for New Years Day or any other day to allow ourselves a fresh start. Each moment is a fresh start. Each moment we can re-resolve failed resolutions, forgive ourselves for mistakes, and re-dedicate ourselves to the path.

As Nyanaponika Thera said, we live in “a world where only the courage to start anew, again and again, promises success”.

So this New Year, if you find yourself failing a resolution (as we all do sometimes) don’t give up! Simply put that incident aside, learn from it, and re-resolve! That way, failure is impossible!

Happy New Year everyone!

Author: Bite-Size Dhamma

I'm a Buddhist layperson, trying to live well and skilfully with compassion, generosity, and discernment. I work in the field of housing law and homelessness casework. I have a beautiful kind wife, a very cute dog, and two loveable but surly cats.

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