"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
Happy New Year!
No matter how you chose to ring in 2012, I hope that you had an enjoyable and safe time, surrounded by those whose company you enjoy.
A few days ago, W had LASIK surgery. After wearing glasses for about 20 years, he decided it was time to see if he could avoid having to wear glasses everywhere he went.
All told, the surgery took no more than 7 minutes. Beyond the sheer wonder that a procedure to dramatically improve a person's vision (even when they've worn glasses their entire life) took so little time, what struck me most about the entire day was when each patient left after surgery, the staff told them, "Enjoy your new eyes!"
Think about that: for some of the patients, this would be the first time in 10, 20, even 30 or more years they wouldn't need to greet the day with glasses. They could watch television from their couch or see a movie and not need their glasses or contacts to help them decipher details. For all intents and purposes, they truly were getting new eyes.
Then I realized how appropriate that concept was for all of us as we celebrate the start of 2012. Many people greet the new year by making resolutions, taking down holiday decorations, cleaning and throwing away clutter.
But what if the most amazing thing you can do for yourself in the months to come is to look at everything with new eyes?
Forget resolutions. Forget worries. From today on, I'm going to look at everything with new eyes. And while they will still be behind glasses, what they will see, what they will perceive, will hopefully be a bit different.
Enjoy all that 2012 has to offer you. And I challenge you: enjoy it with new eyes.