5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year! That was twenty days ago. Time sure flies fast. I was filled with excitement and wondering what would the new year bring. Now the month of January is almost over and some of the promises I made to myself are completely broken, on their way to be broken, or somewhat fulfilled. And the year has only started! Why? Although it is a good idea to examine our past actions in December and then take the necessary steps in the new year to improve them, we cannot expect to have changed them by January or even February. We have to give ourselves room to breath and allow ourselves to build our New Year’s goals one brick at a time. So this brings me the to the new thing I just learned: Flexibility.

I never thought that flexibility could also be a virtue, but it is. It is defined like this, “It allows you to adapt agilely to the circumstances of each person or situation, without abandoning your own personal criteria of acting”. I am determined in 2016 to achieve certain goals. But if a long the way I have to change the manner, time or even pace, I will be fine with that. Life is a process, events will happen and you will eventually learn new things. As long as you hold fast and always search for truth and good, the debatable ideas you once had or actions you wanted to do will not seem so important. You will be able to let them go. And this brings me to my final point, Flexibility also allows us to rectify, to set things right. We have to be constantly evaluating our actions, so that we do not become rigid, where we rarely budge regarding temporary things, or fragile, where we get influenced by everything and act without thinking. Everyday is a new day, a new beginning, for those  who are firm in the fundamental parts in life, but are flexible in the debatable parts. You can always start over, rectify. Everyday you can have a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Illustrator and writer at Moncharis.

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