The Battle of Garigliano was fought on December 29, 1503 between the Spanish army, led by Córdoba, and the French army, commanded by Ludovico. The Spaniards won the battle, which meant they would control Naples for centuries. Until today, I had never heard of Garigliano, which leads me to my point.
This year, you’ve fought things that have wearied and worried you, but you went on to win the battle. Don’t allow yourself to rehash the battles of 2015, as you draw closer to 2016. Celebrate your victories, learn from your setbacks, and go forward.
The Spanish gained the victory by using make shift barrel bridges to cross the river. You and I are at the bank of a new year. We have both the strength, and the resources to cross over. Resist the temptation to beat yourself up for not being further, richer, etc.
Instead, cross over where you are, and strategically approach your goals. If you haven’t made any, take some time, and type them up, or write them down. Now, you know where you are, and you know where you want to go. Take the next two days and plan your strategy.
This is a battle, don’t make a resolution, plot a revolution. It will take time, and it won’t be easy. There will be victories, and there will be setbacks. As long as you don’t quit, they’re not defeats.
Next year on Dec 29, you probably won’t remember Garigliano. I pray that you will remember the day as the start of a year of victories for you. Now, gather your dreams, consult your compass, and chart your course.