New Year´s Eve – A Hope message

New Year´s Eve – Hope message
New Year´s Eve – Hope message


Every year I write a blog on January 1st to register my New Year’s resolutions. This year, I also wanted to write today, on December 31st, to document my gratitude.


It was not the best year ever, but it was certainly better than the previous one, when all of us were anxious and afraid about what would happen about Covid-19.


The uncertainties, the fear, and the terrible news almost killed the New Year’s vibe. But tonight, it will be different. The main feeling of my family and me is hope: hope that the pandemic will pass, the economy will get back on track, and that we will have more freedom to get close to our loved ones.


This is how I am ending 2021: close to my family. And I couldn’t be happier! What are you planning for your new year’s beginning?


Dostoevsky once said, “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. The real fear should be of the opposite course.” We should focus on what we can control and do the best to achieve our dreams!


Let’s ask ourselves: how do I want my new year to be? What do I need to do to achieve that? What is in my control? What do I need to do to improve my [midfulness] [discipline] [ability to cope with uncertainty]?


Also, let’s make a list of what is essential in our lives and what makes us feel good and grateful (and do not cheat – eating junk food and using drugs do not count). Also, I advise you to list what makes you feel unhappy to know what not to do too—what is so important as knowing what to focus on. Have these lists on your bathroom mirror or by your bed, and make a promise to yourself to do at least one thing that makes you happy every day!


I always try to do my best, and for all of us with lupus doing our best vary every day. Doing my best does not translate to being able to do it all, not to be perfect at all times. We need to be humble enough to ask for help and listen to our bodies. As Zappos wrote, every little progress counts: 1% improvement per month means 37 times better after one year!


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could improve that much in one year? Be more mindful, healthier, and serene…?  Can you imagine being 37 times happier after one year?


We can do it! And that’s why I wish you all a very happy New Year’s Eve and an even better 2022!


With all my love,


Anna M. (Hope).

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