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2012!  Time to make New Year resolutions,
time to change.......blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!
Every New year we are bombarded with images, adverts and the like with messages of making a change.  TV adverts have a myriad of activities, designed to get us, fit; into shape; healthy!
Now I'm not adverse to change, how could I be...I'm a therapist, assisting change is a significant part of what I do.  However, change which is force fed and designed as a money making venture doesn't sit well with me.  A person who wants to give up smoking will do this when they are ready, not just because it's a new year.
Therefore, I won't be saying to you all:
"You must have counselling because we have started a New Year and you need to sort your life out". 
However, what I have noticed recently, indicates that some of you are looking and searching for something! Therefore, this blog, will focus on my observation...something I've been paying attention to throughout December. 
I'm fortunate, because my website provides me with daily reports about how many of you visit my site and what pages are being read.  My blogs appear to be pretty popular and throughout December 2011, one particular blog has been extremely popular.  In October  2011, I wrote a blog entitled "To  Live" (if you click on this link you can have a little read) and it appears that it has been really popular throughout December and into this  New Year. 
Having the investigative mind that I have...I wonder and question, why that blog would conjure up so much interest.  Could it be as simple as we think? Are some of us finding it difficult to live and exist? Maybe, but more importantly why?
Now I'm gonna ask you three simple questions, the same questions my therapist asked me when I was training to be a counsellor.
1.  What do you spend most of your time doing?
2.  What do you do in your spare time?
3.  What do you spend your money on?
Ok, now the same questions, just phrased slightly differently
1.  What would you like to spend your time doing?
2.  What would you like to do in your spare time?
3.  What would you like to spend your money on?
The answers you give to these simple questions may indicate what kind of life you are currently living. 
Yeah it is 2012....however, regardless of the New year, how do you want to live.
Your comments are welcome and Happy New Year!

22 Comments to 2012:

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Biscuit on 11 January 2012 18:09
Thanks for your inspiring post. Here are my answers to the thought provoking questions you raised 1. What do you spend most of your time doing? > at work or thinking about work 2. What do you do in your spare time? > Playing with ny children, spending time with my partner 3. What do you spend your money on? > Boring stuff like the mortgage. 1. What would you like to spend your time doing? > Reduce time spent working and thinking about work. More time with family. 2. What would you like to do in your spare time? > Have some 'me' time in addition to the previous answer 3. What would you like to spend your money on? > A divorce (no that's a joke!). I would like to spend my money on having therapy sessions (sorry that's a joke too). Happy New Year
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Antoinette on 15 January 2012 20:21
Happy New Year to you too. I appreciate you answering these questions (and making me giggle). Although the questions are simple, when answered it demonstrates how at times we are lacking or are left feeling unfulfilled. Divorce aside, I hope by answering these questions you can make a conscious effort to do more things that make you feel satisfied. Although, you don't need therapy (I beg to differ...only joking!)I am left wondering about your attachment to work and your unaswered question regarding what you would prefer to spend your money on. Thanks for making me laugh, reading my blog and answering the questions. I hope to see you in therapy soon...(that's a joke too!!!) Wishing you all the best for 2012.
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