It’s a sign of aging when we look at the year and say, “Where did it go?”. But really? Where did 2011 go? I was busy all year. My calendar was full. If you asked me what I accomplished, I don’t have a good answer.
I have decided to do seven things differently from today on. I never want to get to the end of another year and think…gee what did I do with that year? Did I simply spin wheels or did I make a difference? I want to see some real changes, notice an area where my input made a difference. I’ve always been one to choose happiness, look at the positive and be grateful for all I have-it’s been my way of life. This year I have seven things I want to add to my way of life. I want to create some habits that bring real satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment by December 31st.
2012 is the year I will Dream Big! I have a new book coming out soon and this one will be the vehicle that will get me national attention. I claim that in the name of Jesus! I’m dreaming big in 2012.
I vow to Eat to Live instead of live to eat. I want to be aware of the foods I consume this year and make a conscious decision to eat them, instead of eating blindly just because it’s there in front of me. I’m not going on a ‘diet’ because they don’t work. But I am going to change my eating habits. I have read enough books and magazines to know the good foods from the bad. I really have no excuse. Won’t it feel good at the end of the year to say I have a habit of eating healthy?
I’d really like to Take Up a Cause. Vera House has a mission to end all domestic and sexual violence, to assist families in crisis, to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence to live safe, self-sufficient lives, to empower women and children, and to promote a culture of equality and respect in all relationships. I think that’s a wonderful mission and I’d like to spend a good portion of my time this year helping out at Vera House in any way that I can.
This one may make you gasp. I’m going to Take Chances! I’m doing something wild this year. By December 31st 2012 I am going to skydive. Yep, jump out of a plane. Crazy I know but I really want to do it. I can’t imagine how I’ll get the nerve, but I’m going to do it.
This year I want to End All Worry. I have always believed that a person who worries and frets over things must not have a great faith. I don’t really worry much, except, I do find myself worrying about my grandchildren. I’m going to give that up. I know God has my grandchildren in His hands. I have no reason to worry.
The most difficult change I am making is in my ability to Practice Patience. I’ve always been a fast girl. (Not that kind of fast girl.) I walk fast, eat fast, work fast and talk fast. I can get something done before you even realize it needs doing. That’s all well and good but I expect everyone else to be fast too. It is very hard for me to sit patiently and wait for anything but I will. Patience is a virtue after all.
Lastly, I know I need to Be Humble. It’s rather difficult to be an enthusiastic, positive, over achiever and humble at the same time, but I’m told it can be done. I need to believe in myself, but I need to remind myself, I am not doing this alone. All things come from Him. All things.
Here’s wishing all of you a blessed, healthy and prosperous New Year!