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OK, so changed my life might be a little extreme. But made me approach 2016 differently? Yes, I think so. 

It was much like most mornings around Christmas, driving to work whilst Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody blasts out on the radio. But for some reason this morning was different. Rather than just having the drone of that well known song blend into the background noise, I actually tuned into a particular phrase that made me think that they’re actually on to something:

“Look to the future now. It’s only just begun.”  

And if you think about it, they’re right. The future isn’t just some random thing that happens at some point in days, months or years ahead - it’s now. And now. And now. It’s the next second and it has only just started, every single time.

What a refreshing prospect is that! You’re at the beginning of a new future, a new story, every second of every day. You can make that story anything you want and it starts right now.

I don’t know about you, but I find it so easy to get bogged down by what’s gone by – good things or more importantly people I’ve lost; things that haven’t worked out as I’d wanted or planned; wrong decisions or directions I’ve taken and regretted – and this can so often cloud the here and now, or what I think my future might be. But it doesn’t have to if I close the book on my past and open a book on my future right now.

I get that this is not a new theory and you may well be saying to yourself “dumb ass, of course your future starts now” – but it did really make me think quite differently about my future and that I can make a change right this second.

So I guess to sum it up, I’m not going to worry what can happen in the next month or year. And I’m not going to make an inane list of New Year’s resolutions that drop off the radar by 4 January. Instead I’m going to be mindful that the future has just this second started and that I’m going to grab it with both hands to do what I can to get closer to where I want to be. And if that doesn’t work, it’s no problem because a new future has just started again.

You might be wondering why I wanted to share this blog on Bromford’s website or maybe even in the words of Nicki from Big Brother “who is she anyway”? Well, it’s because having talked to loads of people about this and listened to hundreds of Bromford customers’ stories – it seems to me that we all have these weights from the past that hold us back from having the future we really want. And if my realisation this morning could also make someone else think differently, then that would be fab.

And just a sneaky little plug … you don’t have to do this alone! Bromford’s all about helping people to overcome hurdles, shaking off those things from your past that can hold you back. So if you’re a customer, it might be worth taking a look at the services available to see whether they can help you start that new chapter.

Happy new life to me (and you)! 

Written by Alexandra Green, head of communications


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