Hi Lashonda. 

Thank you for your question and the depth of meaning behind it. My mentor Dr. Robert H. Schuller always used to say at the beginning of a New Year, “Let your hopes not your hurts shape your future.”  We will all agree that 2020 represented challenge, loss and hurt to many people.  Instead of focusing on the lingering hurt of 2020, and what we don’t want to happen again in 2021, we should focus positively on Hope for a better day.

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said that we should write on our hearts at the start of each NewYear that this will be the best year we have ever experienced. That’s a great idea. I remind people all the time to get addicted to the thought that tomorrow will be better and more beautiful than today. Here is a tip for you and all of our readers for 2021.  It comes from the first four words of the Bible “In the beginning God...”  Plan to make God an integral part of every day and you will have a wonderful and Blessed New Year. 

Here are 3 Steps to help make 2021 your best year yet:

1) Embrace Forgetting - We are what we remember but we are also what we forget. One of the healthiest things you can do is become good at forgetting. Make sure you don’t lug resentments, frustrations, disappointments and regrets into the New Year. Drop it, skip it and let it go—-whatever it is start anew.

2). Live one day at a time and make the most out of each moment. Drop the T off of forget and Forge ahead each new day. In order to get to January 2 you have to live through January 1. Intentionally live each day to the fullest and keep on keeping on.

3) Expect the best and put your life in God’s hands. Have high hopes, great dreams and strong Faith. Believe that life is good and that it's going to get even better each day and that the best is yet to come.

You know something Lashonda?  You are very likely to get what you expect. Join me in this New Year prayer: Dear God, we thank you for life with all of its hopes, its dreams and its opportunities.  Help us to put our hands trustingly in yours and help us live by the words, “In the beginning God...”  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.