3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s 2016, friends, and we’re celebrating! The beginning of the new year is always a fun time, isn’t it? The year stretches out before you, exciting and full of possibilities. What resolutions will you be making (and keeping?) this year? Where will you be at this time next year?
There’s so much possibility in the new year. What new places will you travel to? What new things will you accomplish? What new people will you meet? What new foods will you try?
We approach the new year with a sense of optimism, as the possibilities are endless in 2016. And… we haven’t had a chance to mess anything up for ourselves! Along with that, however, comes a sense of apprehension, as we don’t want to mess anything up for ourselves in the new year, but understand that it’s inevitable.
We made a little joke earlier about making and keeping new year resolutions. So often, resolutions don’t end up lasting the whole year. We make them, we break them.
But…perhaps that’s OK. Perhaps we don’t need to be apprehensive about letting ourselves down from our high aspirations year after year. Perhaps we can be joyful and grateful the whole year through, no matter what comes our way and no matter how we handle it.
Have you heard Robert Schuller’s expression, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Here’s a lengthier quote that summarizes the idea we’re getting at much better than we ever could:
“Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”
– John Keats
Keats was on to something: failures teach us far more than successes do, and we usually remember the lessons more clearly from failures than from successes. Don’t be afraid to fail this year. Go on and chase after those new year resolutions, heedless to public opinion or that little voice in your head telling you that you can’t and shouldn’t bother.
What would you try if you knew you could not fail? And, even more, what would you attempt if you weren’t bothered by the possibility of failing?
Enjoy the new year, every bit of it. From the ups to the downs, it’s all part of the adventure. The adventure of 2016 is here – are you ready?
Oh, and don’t forget… we’re open from 3 pm – 1 am on New Year's Day. We’re kicking off the new year with a special, galactic bowling all day! See you on the lanes!