“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” – Benjamin Franklin
As the year comes to a close, we all start looking toward the new and begin to think of ways in which we can improve ourselves. Between today and the next few days we’ll see folks making loud proclamations about ways they are going to be better in 2014. From losing weight to finding a new job, we will see, hear or make declarations about personal improvement that we’re quite sure will fall by the wayside mere days after they’re declared. I’m not trying to be snarky. I think the idea and purpose behind making a New Year’s Resolution is pretty cool. Any time we can take time out to think of ways to improve is time well spent. (Sidebar: I just used the word ‘time’ three times in one sentence. That’s five in two. Impressive.)
Switching gears a bit, what we don’t often see in our resolutions is what we’re going to do for someone else. Our resolutions generally revolve around personal goals and needs or wants. So, I ask, along with your personal resolutions, have you added ‘giving of yourself in some way’ to your list? What about some intangible things that aren’t necessarily easily quantifiable? Here are a handful of recommendations:
1.) Make a list of people to thank for something they have done to impact your life positively. Thank those people. Make it a point to say thanks often.
2.) Vow to be a better listener. Seek out someone that needs nothing more than to be heard. Listen. Don’t offer fixes. Just listen.
3.) Let go of standing grudges. Take the high road. Let go and forgive someone. Or, as Noah suggests, accept your own apology.
4.) Remove the word ‘hate‘ from your vernacular. Attempt to attain acceptance. (That there is alliteration, bubba.)
5.) Make the effort to be happy. It’s a choice; choose it. It’s contagious. Try it and see.
Love, listen, forgive, accept and be happy. Pretty solid resolutions, if I do say so myself.
Happy New Year, all. Thank you for taking the time over the last couple months to read our stuff. It still amazes me when I see how many people have been reading along with us. It’s absolutely humbling and puts a smile on my face daily. We hope it has, in some way, made you reflect, think of something in a new light and brought you some positivity, motivation and optimism. That’s the name of the game.
All the best in the New Year.
Have an awesome Tuesday,