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Learning from the past helps us move forward

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. January 9, 2010

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The holidays are over and we're now into the sometimes bleak months of the new year. The word "January" comes from the Roman god Janus who looks back on the past year but also at the same time looks forward into the new year. So what can we learn from last year that we can apply to the upcoming year?

As I reflect on the insights and encouragements from our blog readers, two themes stand out.

  • The importance of listening to our higher power. Many sacred writings and scriptural passages tell us that a higher power or divine force will give us a sign, an insight to direct our lives. Rarely is this a lightening bolt — usually it's a quiet message that gives us guidance. And if we listen to that message, we'll do the right thing.
  • The importance of asking a fundamental question. What do we hope to accomplish this year? If that goal is not written down it does not become concrete, and a year will have gone by and nothing will have happened. If we wish to exercise, finish our education or enhance our skills, the time to start is now.

So the question for each of us is very simple: What is it that we need to do for ourselves this year? Let's write it down, and let's map out a strategy to achieve that goal. Share with us your plans for 2010.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jan. 09, 2010