New Year, New Beginnings
The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!
Edward Payson Powell
I was thinking about many of the things I’ve posted over the last year…. heck, since I began writing these posts in 2011…. and I realized how many of them speak of not just new possibilities but new beginnings as well. And isn’t that what the New Year is all about when you think about it? For when else are we gifted with an opportunity of re-writing something about ourselves…. a trait or habit we were not happy with?
Now I know that there is one thing I am guilty of every January 1st… and I also know that I am not the only one! How often do we fail to keep those resolutions we faithfully make every New Year? The thing is, we really have to ask ourselves if the goal we are choosing to set is a realistic one! Don’t we sometimes set the bar so high that there is no way we can even see it, never mind vault over it? Or perhaps we are trying to choose so many things we want or need to do to recreate that personal transformation, that we lose sight of the changes that are the most important ones to effect! Well, either way, I began looking up some things we might be able to try, to rewrite our story and recreate the person we see ourselves becoming. Some are easy, others more difficult. But all are given as “food for thought” on this brand new day of a brand new year!
- Really look at your strengths and weaknesses and challenge your beliefs about what you can and can’t do.
- Think about how you want things to work and dare to challenge the status quo in your life.
- Plan for your journey to change. Keep a journal, make a video, or even start to write a blog!
- All challenges are an opportunity to change and improve. Do not choose to stay a victim!
- Rid yourself of your excess baggage. When you let go you make room for the new!
- Commit to something and follow through. Even if it’s something small. Just be faithful and take it one day at a time!
- Change your attitude. Positive thoughts create positive results!
- Transform that something you don’t want to something you do want. Stop complaining and start acting!
- Look at why you persist in those bad habits that plague you. Improve those, improve you!
- Forgive someone if you’ve been holding a grudge. Holding a grudge only punishes you!
- Walk around your community or your job and look as you walk. You never know what will catch your eye or inspire you!
- Talk to someone while waiting in line. Today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend!
- Smile and make eye contact with those around you. You will be surprised just how good you will feel and how much your smile will do for someone else!
- Learn something new or try something new. Read that book you got as a gift and filed away on the book shelf!
- Challenge yourself to do something that frightens you. Go to a town meeting and speak up or go for an evening of karaoke!
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter, library, become a mentor. Anything! Leave your community a better place to live!
- Extend the hand of friendship and offer to help someone else.
- Carpool to work or try mass transit, if it is available. You will not only help the environment but you will also have the chance to collaborate and network!
- Compliment a stranger on something you notice. Everyone likes to be appreciated, and it’s a great way to start a conversation.
- Capture the moment by grabbing that camera phone, taking a picture, and then sharing your vision with your friends!
- Do not be afraid to do something alone. If you like the park or museum and your partner doesn’t, go anyway!
- Wear something interesting like a funny or nostalgic T-shirt. It is a guaranteed conversation catalyst!
- Surprise your spouse by bringing lunch to his office or perhaps you can make a favorite and bring lunch for your co-workers or organize a potluck dinner with friends!
- Introduce a friend on your social media network to someone they don’t know and encourage them to do the same. You might just be the catalyst for sparking new friendships that might last a lifetime!
Happy New Year to you all…. my dear family and friends…. whether you are across the street or across the world. Each and every one of you gives me so much more than your love and friendship. Each of you gives me YOU, each and every day, and that is a gift more valuable that rubies or gold! On this 1st new day of a brand new year, I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for that very special gift! May 2015 bring to each and every one of you…
A mind that is clear,
A body that is healthy,
A soul that is at peace,
A spirit that is joy filled,
And a heart that holds only love!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
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