We all have our kryptonite, those things that drain us of strength and leave us less able to handle certain situations. Knowing and honoring our own idiosyncratic limits enables us to be kinder to ourselves and others so that we have to more to give in the long run.
In our fast-paced, busy, stressful world, having a place of sanctuary where we can lay our burdens down for a moment, stop all of the busyness, and come to rest is vital for our ongoing health—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Starting from a place of celebration and building a plan for the year that focuses on including more of the things which bring us joy and using more of the skills and strengths we already possess creates a plan that we are much more likely to implement than one that starts with weakness and lack.
Just like a camera lens can magnify whatever it's focused on, what we choose to focus our attention on affects what we magnify in our perception of our world. Choosing to use a lens of gratitude to focus on the good helps balance out our natural tendency to see only the problems and broken places of life.