What are your goals for 2014? As we enter into the new year, many of us set goals. While I like to set goals at the beginning of the year, I do so only after spending quiet time reflecting on the past year.
Perspective is so important. Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”
What is your perspective on turning older? How do you feel when your birthday approaches? I have a friend who just recently turned 50 years old. She told me she was so depressed at the thought of turning 50, that she cried all night before her 50th birthday.
I love hearing about random acts of kindness. My heart sings knowing there are loving, caring, and decent people who go out of their way to help and bring joy to others. There’s so much negativity in the world, and so often, only bad news is reported. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear stories of random acts of kindness, or, better yet, to experience them firsthand for yourself.
Anger can be an ugly beast. Yes, sometimes, there is room for righteous anger. The kind of anger we feel when we think justice has not been served, or when we’re angry that something cruel and heartless has happened. Perhaps, we feel we have a right to be angry when senseless acts take place, and lives are lost or hurt.
Sometimes, we get so busy with our lives that we forget to just stop, be still, and focus inward. It seems, especially in the summer months, there are just too many things to do, too many people to see, that we can needlessly tire ourselves out.
Procrastinating may seem the easy way out in the short term, but really, it just prolongs the inevitable. We procrastinate about issues we don’t want to face or tasks we don’t want to perform. The problem is the longer you wait, the harder it is for you to confront the issues or complete the tasks. Instead of thinking about the situation just once, and resolving it, it festers in your mind. How much time and energy do you waste thinking and dreading the task or issue at hand, instead of just dealing with it immediately and moving on?