I am sitting here and trying to come up with an appropriate column to celebrate the arrival of a new year.
After thinking long and hard, I came up with a very simple solution: Why don’t I simply share with you a couple of those thoughts and wishes I’ve received over the past couple of weeks?
Just so you understand, I have a very eclectic group of friends and work colleagues, some of who I have known for ages. Which means I both value and admire their thoughts, and good wishes. I realize this may seem like a Hallmark store re-visited, but it’s not. These are the actual thoughts folks I care a lot of, shared with me. So here goes:
On a serious note, I hope each of you got to ring in the New Year with firecrackers, confetti, champagne and sharing happy New Year wishes with your loved ones. Please remember that the New Year is meant to bring with it a fresh start, new opportunities and an exhilarating sense of rejuvenation. This is the best time to express your love, gratitude, respect and appreciation to others and sending them wishes for New Years is a great way to share in this spirit of renewal with our friends, family and coworkers.
I wish that this year, if you feel the need to make a list of resolutions for the New Year that you considered a new focus. Perhaps your list could include resolutions of spending more time with those that you love and letting them know what they truly mean to you. Or what if you chose to share compliments with your co-workers and employees rather than only interacting when you have derogatory comments or “constructive criticism”. Maybe each time that something angers you, you could take that energy and turn it into something positive. Your list could contain ways to share with others some of your talents that will enhance their lives in ways you might never have previously considered.
There is one other wish that I have for you for the New Year. By now, you probably understand the importance of living and enjoying life one day at a time. Regardless of the best-laid plans that we make, there is no way to know what is just around the corner. I do believe that we all have a purpose and that everyone and everything that comes into our lives has a purpose. It is up to us to take the time to understand this and to know that it is always for the best for us.
If we choose to live life this way, we will find the happiness that we all seek and when this happens, we will know why it isn’t necessary to make lists in order to navigate our lives.
And by the way, none of this ends at midnight on January first. Think of it as an extended mission.
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