Speaking on new beginnings
I’m hoping. Maybe this year I won’t be disappointed. Maybe by the time this column appears in the newspaper it will have happened. I’m not asking for much.
All I want is one good snow for the winter, at least six inches. That’s a compromise. I would rather have two or three snows, but since we haven’t had a good snow in several winters, I would be thrilled with just one good snow.
There’s nothing quite like getting up early in the morning to discover our world transformed. Just when everything looks so lifeless – the ground is dark and drab, the trees are bare, hardly anyone is playing outdoors – suddenly everything is changed. The trees and the ground are blanketed with the breathtaking beauty of glistening white snow. Bare trees now gleam as the sun reflects off the ice-covered branches. It’s as if we have been given the opportunity to experience new life, a new purity, if you will.
The beginning of a new year is not unlike the blessings of a newly fallen snow. With a new beginning there is opportunity to make a new start; to transform even a dark and drab life into one that has a new purity, as pure as freshly fallen snow. All that is needed is a will to change plus a good understanding of how to live a more effective life.
To make the most of the new year, consider the following suggestions.
1. Appreciation: Live every day with a profound appreciation for the gift of life.
2. Relationships: In your daily life, make relationships your number one priority.
3. Authenticity: Make sure your words and your actions match.
4. Spirituality: Live with an appreciation of the privilege of being part of the created order.
5. Communication: Seek out opportunities to tell others your thoughts and feelings.
6. Traditions: Establish/maintain traditions that bring both stability and joy to your life.
7. Perspective: View life as a series of challenges, rather than a series of problems.
8. Assistance: Seek help when needed, refusing to allow pride to block your path.
9. Cohesion: Hang together, not apart, and rely on one another’s strength.
10. Flexibility: Learn to give and to take, rather than demand things always be your way.
11. Humility: Accept that sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong.
12. Humor: Laugh at yourself and laugh with others.
13. Respect: Treat yourself with respect and treat others with the respect they deserve.
14. Responsibility: Accept full responsibility for your life, refusing to blame others.
15. Forgiveness: Surrender the right to hurt back even if you have been hurt.
16. Reflection: Spend some time everyday thinking about the gift of that day and how you might make better use of this gift tomorrow.
A new snowfall. A new year. A new beginning. Life is not only beautiful, but amazing. Choose to make the most of every day.
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