In 2016, I am giving myself permission to press forward.
This last year was the calmest I’ve had in years, but it also meant I had space to process and grieve. Ironically, the immediate year after my sister’s passing was much easier than the time following the one year anniversary. I grieved over the experiences I hoped she would have in this life and over the ones I hoped we could have someday. I decided that the most radical thing I could do for 2016 would be to honor that and allow myself to move on, to be happy, and to make sure that I am making the most of now for the both of us.
This year I really want to be able to that. I want to be more conscious of the time I keep and the emotions I wear. I want to especially remember that even though burdens can be heavy, my belief in Christ recognizes that I can receive more comfort and help than what I have thought to ask.
This year will be about becoming more hopeful.
This year will be about loving God and others more.
This year will be about studying and not just reading scriptures.
Neil L. Anderson said:
“Press forward” implies something more than simply going forward. Press implies something is preventing your advancement, and you must push through it.
I’ve learned that life is not easy and being positive through it can feel like a constant battle, but I do believe a happy perspective really can cushion the difficult times. Life cannot be controlled and experiences I would not choose for myself are often very needed for my growth, but I have so many hopes about the person I can further become this year, the talents I can develop, and the people I can serve.
I am excited for what year holds and I am so optimistic about the things ahead. This year will be about pressing forward and I hope you join me in it too!