In 2014, the new year starts with a new moon, which astrologers say is a sign of new beginnings. Just about all of us will make new year’s resolutions, which I think is a great idea because it gives us an incentive to better ourselves and make a new beginning in one way or another.
Resolutions are really about setting goals, and some of us will keep working to achieve or maintain these goals throughout the year while sadly, the good intentions of others will fall by the wayside.
The key is not to make resolutions that you know will be almost impossible to keep. Weight loss is one of the most popular resolutions, but resolving to lose 100 lbs is probably not a realistic goal. Setting small goals that we can accomplish makes so much more sense. Each small success will encourage us and spur us on to keep working at making ourselves better. Perhaps a goal of 5lbs each month or over two months would be easier to fulfill.
My resolution for 2014 is probably the simplest one I’ve made for a long time. I plan to smile more in 2014. If you smile, you can’t really be angry, and that’s the whole idea. I like the quote I read in some fortune cookie too: “Your smile comes back to you.” It’s so true. If you smile at someone they usually smile back.
Every night when I get into bed and turn out the light, I say a little prayer to thank God for keeping my loved ones and all my friends safe, and ask him to keep them safe for at least another day. Then I turn my thoughts to the day that has just passed and congratulate myself for all the small achievements I made. I also look at the mistakes I made during the day and determine not to make the same mistakes again. In this way I hope to better myself a little every day, one small step at a time.
Some of us will be turning to astrologers to get some kind of idea what to expect in the new year. While astronomy is only a guide, it may give us a hint at what is to come.
Here’s one astronomer’s predictions for 2014: