It’s here! Our breath of fresh air, our fresh start, our clean slate 2021 is going to be better (it’s a mindset thing)  :o)

As I think back over the past year considering how the lofty goals of so many turned into a state of survival, it reminds me of a story I heard a while back.

In order to get where you want to go, you must remain positive in the pursuit of your goals (there’s that mindset thing again), no matter how remote they might seem. There will be setbacks, but with a positive mindset you can not only inspire yourself, but also others in your practice as well. This story is about removing the word “quit” from your vocabulary. A word which many people adopted and accepted during 2020 as they began to feel more and more defeated.

This is the story of two frogs. One frog always saw the bad side of things and the other was more optimistic. One day, while searching for food, they inadvertently jumped into a vat of milk. They couldn’t get out, as the sides were too slippery, so they were just swimming around.

The one frog said to the other frog, “Brother frog, there’s no use paddling any longer. We’re just going to drown, so we might as well give up.” The positive frog replied, “Hold on brother, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out.” And they continued paddling for hours.

After a while, the negative frog said, “Brother frog, there’s no use. I’m becoming very tired now. I’m just going to stop paddling and drown. It’s Sunday and nobody’s working. We’re doomed. There’s no possible way out of here.” But the other frog said, “Keep trying. Keep paddling. Something will happen, keep paddling.” Another couple of hours passed.

The negative frog said, “I can’t go on any longer. There’s no sense in doing it because we’re going to drown anyway. What’s the use?” And the frog stopped. He gave up. And he drowned in the milk. But the hopeful frog kept on paddling.

He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed, until at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was now solid enough for him to climb onto and get out of the Vat!

The Moral of The Story? “Never Give Up!”

Now, I realize that not every problem from this past year has been resolved and not every piece put back in its place but it feels like we’ve made our own butter to stand on through the challenges we’ve faced recently.
It’s hard sometimes to turn our minds to a more positive outlook, especially after going through heightened levels of fear and stress.

But YOU are the only one who can make 2021 better, YOU are the only one who can decide what your future looks like.

We all have options each day that guide us toward the decisions we make and like the frogs most often the options offered will be “sink” or “swim”.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life and I hope that this year brings you peace and joy and happiness and makes you want to continue swimming!