The New Year is upon us. On this last day of 2019, many people reflect on the year that was and begin to give thought to what the year that is coming will entail.
As we leave the twenty-teens behind, the new Roaring Twenties could be the impetus for a lot of positive change. That, of course, will depend on each individual and how they handle and approach the new days of the New Year.
One of the cool things about this year is the symbolism of 2020 and 20/20 perfect vision. The jokes and puns are sure to get more prevalent going forward.
But the question becomes, will you use this to see more clarity and perspective, or muddiness and disillusionment? Will perfect vision in this year be of positive things or negative? Are you going to use this “vision” to look ahead with foresight rather than look backward with clear hindsight?
What’s the difference? Foresight is the ability to predict what is coming. Conversely, hindsight lets you look back to what has already been.
Sure, you may not know precisely what lies ahead. But that which is behind you is just that…behind you. If you spend too much time looking back you cannot look forward.
Foresight doesn’t need to be specifically about predicting what is coming. In this instance, I want to use it more literally and explore foresight in the sense of looking ahead rather than backward.
Why? Because the past is passed, and you cannot redo it.
Hindsight is 20/20…but not really
It is very, very easy to look back at what was with greater clarity now that is has passed. You can examine it and say, “oh, ok…now I get it. I can see what I missed when then was the now.”
For the most part, this is true. You can look to what has been with a keen eye and examine it to see what you missed.
Trouble is, it seldom stops there. Rather than just look back with hindsight and see clearly what was, people desire to change it. Instead of changing it by taking the lesson it taught and moving on, they would rather do it again, redo it, or undo in order to alter it to meet the 20/20 vision they have of it in hindsight.
This is impossible. And I don’t just mean in the sense of maybe a way can be found like many dreams and aspirations, I mean as in NOT possible.
Why? Because the past is passed. What was cannot be again. You cannot take that which is done and redo it or undo it. Too many factors with the passage of time mean it will not be what it was before, so you can’t do it again and improve upon it.
Of course, there are exceptions to this, but they lie in accepting and working with the passage of time from then to now. I can try that thing now with what I learned then and make necessary adjustments. But then, in truth, I am not undoing or redoing what was done…I am, in truth, doing something new.
Clarity of vision is seldom truly clear
Everybody perceives reality in their own way. How I see something is not how you see it. How we may both see something is going to differ for others. There are more than 7 billion people on this planet, and each one has their own unique perception.
This is a matter of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, which belong to you and only you. The practice of mindfulness is using awareness of these to alter your reality. Consciousness creates reality when you are mindful or conscious of it.
Hindsight gets colored by perception. This is why you get people who believe in happier, simpler times of yesteryear that never truly existed. Or perhaps they did exist but were overshadowed by racism, sexism, inequality, and other important matters that have become better acknowledged now.
The trouble that comes of this is people only want to return to the good parts and neglect progress made working to eliminate the bad. Suddenly we find acts of antisemitism, racism, and overt sexism far more prominent than they have been in decades.
Hence why the 20/20 of hindsight is seldom true. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot learn from what has passed as you work on creating a new and better today and tomorrow.
Foresight of potential and possibility
This is where the notion of foresight is most applicable in this context. Looking ahead to a time that has the potential and possibility for growth, improvement, and change. Opportunity instead of trouble. Potential instead of pitfalls. Positivity.
Everything in the Universe is made of energy at its core, be it animal, mineral, or vegetable. From the smallest subatomic particle to the largest galaxy, it is all, at its ultimate base, energy. Energy has a frequency, and frequency has vibrations. Negativity is low-frequency vibrations, positivity is high-frequency vibrations.
Like attracts like and consciousness creates reality. If your foresight of the now and 2020 is grim, that’s what you are putting out there. But on the other hand, if your viewpoint is hopeful that’s the energy you give it.
I don’t know about you, but I would certainly rather look to the year with positive foresight over negative.
Like most things in life, you have a choice. You can decide to choose negative or positive, nothing or something. It is entirely up to you.
Every New Year represents potential, renewal, change, rejuvenation, and almost every over synonym I can think of for newness. At least, it CAN represent these things. It can also be nothing — or a sign of change that is distressing, unhappy, and negative.
That’s entirely up to you. As you are the only one inside your head, you are the only one who knows how you are thinking, feeling, and acting. Do you see 2020 as a new opportunity, or just another year to slog through?
You have a limited time here on this planet in your body. And then, just to confuse matters, both time and reality are illusions based wholly within your perception.
This is not the only “New Year” you can choose to make changes or use as the impetus for action. Your Birthday, someone else’s birthday, the Jewish New Year, and every other holiday can be used as a device for change.
People tend to use the New Year to make “resolutions” for change. That’s perfectly fine…except that these tend to be ideas with little to no traction.
However, for some, this is an excellent starting point. They can use a resolution to spur change. If that works for you, more power to you.
The point is, the New Year is upon us. We can “see clearly” in 2020 either in the positive, the negative, or even just neutrally. But I would argue that, given how much we can all make use of more positivity to improve the world in general, why not enter into this New Year with 2020 positive foresight?
The choice and the decision are yours. How do you want the New Year to be for you and those you care about? Consider the possibility of making 2020 a year of expectant foresight rather than longing hindsight.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter. Happy New Year!