Friday, 30 December 2016

Osoji and reseting your life

There is a new year tradition in Japan called Osoji. Basically you would translate it as 'the big cleanup.'

Towards the end of the year, Japanese people of all ages get their cleaning utensils out and clean their living spaces from top to bottom. It is a way of clearing all the old stuff out and reseting for the new year ahead.

This got me thinking, what would you like to clear out of your life for the new year?

Well, here are some ideas:

1. Attempting to please everyone

If you try to please everyone, you will in the end please no one especially yourself. So remember that sometimes you are going to have to disappoint some people. That's life. You need to live with it.

2. Fearing change 

Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and make the changes. I know it can be scary but if you keep on doing the same things, then you are going to be getting the same results and that might not be the greatest results. Embrace change. Try to think of the good things that will come when you make those necessary changes.

3. Thinking about the past

Some of us like to think of some things we said in the past that you regret or things we might have done in the past that we also regret but dwelling on them will do what? Nothing. It will just drive you crazy. From time to time I will think of something I may have said or done many, many, many years ago. What good will it do me? None. It' just ridiculous. Concentrate and focus on the present and the future. You can control that.

4. Overthinking everything

Sometimes we just think and think and think some more and because of all of the thinking we end up doing nothing and sometimes doing nothing is the right thing but not usually. When you think too much and you don't do anything then you need a good clip around the ears because it is that fearing of change coming into it.

With the coming of the new year, it is always a good time to make changes. of course you can make changes at anytime so why not tomorrow or now?

Make a list of things you want to quit in the new year and then make plans to eliminate these things from your life. You life will become better and better.

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