Carpe Diem: New Thoughts for a New Year

Hello again –

I trust your new year is off and running in a positive direction. There’s nothing like a new beginning to brace the senses, a fresh start to realign ourselves and redefine our purpose.

I have a friend who says that a new calendar year is great symbology, but a new beginning beckons with every dawn. We arise every day, she avers, with a brand new opportunity to become whom we most want to be, to experience what we most want to do, if we but seize the day with confidence.

Her proclamation wrankles the philistines who embody a query that shares the title of an old Genesis song: How dare I be so beautiful?

Tragically, that admonition is all-too common. Emotionally speaking, most people operate much like an automatic transmission; they begin the day in neutral, then react to what occurs in the world around them. When “good” things happen, they get into gear and feel good; if something “bad” happens, they can change course and go in the opposite direction. Most people never realize the spate of emotional fuel they hemorrhage in the give and take of daily mundacity. Please don’t be one of them.

Digressions aside, the waking moment – the day’s first conscious reckoning – is a precious opportunity for advance. Many people like to meditate at dawn on what the day will provide. Like the overture of a passion play, they set the stage for what ensues that day. Vision wrought from the subconscious and cast into the fertile font of first morning light can produce explicit results. Carpe diem!

I like to manufacture a head start in the process. I summon from my subconscious what I want from the following morning before I go to bed that night. For instance, when the muse of creativity is my pursuit, I peruse certain literature before bedtime to call her forth from the pale mists of my personal Avalon. This activity informs the texture of my compositions, and the quality is unmistakable when reflected in my work. I’m often out of bed earlier than usual, furiously capturing the bounty.

When brought to the light of day, the inner expressions of your personal mythos can bring outward satisfaction and utility. Trust what emanates from within as an inerrant guide, and watch with anticipation as the world welcomes your efforts. It’s an exercise I strongly recommend for those who are willing to design their lives on purpose. Try it, you’ll like it.

In the spirit of fresh starts, the Eckhart Tolle discussion group I lead at New Vision Center is slated to resume on Sunday, February 13th at 2 pm. I have redesigned the curriculum and added a few inspiring twists. We now meet on the second Sunday of every month for a two-hour forum. I hope you’ll join me for eloquent discourse and dissertations on the topics that move you most.

Cheers to you,



About the Author:
Peter Winlsow is a life coach based in Scottsdale Arizona, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria and all surrounding metro-Phoenix cities. Read more about him at