"The past should be the past. It can destroy the future. Live life for what tomorrow has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away."
"Every time you subtract NEGATIVE from your life, you make room for more POSITIVE."
"The PAST is where you learned the lesson. The FUTURE is where you apply the lesson."
This year, my New Years Resolution is going to be simple...it's going to be to treat myself with respect, love and care. That's it!
It is simple, but it does encompass a lot...I think that the quotes above have impacted me this year, which is why I wanted to include them in this blog post. I have often lived in the past, which has affected my present and future. It has also dictated how I see myself, how I treat myself and how I think others me. I think it is time to change that. I want to teach myself that my past is not indicative of my present or future, but rather something from which to learn from.
So...some things that I want to accomplish this year is to....
...stop my negative self talk, increase positive self talk
...not speak ill of others, even if they have hurt me, but seek the lesson in the situation and grow from it
...I do not do this often, but I do not want to repeat gossip, as this always seems to cultivate negative talk, even if it is celebrity driven. There are more important things in life...
...allow others to vent without trying to "fix" a situation...sometimes we just need to be heard and I cannot fix everything or everyone, even though my nature is to try to help...I need to learn that listening is helpful too!
...treat my body with respect by giving her the things she needs like nutritious food, water and plenty of exercise
...refer to my body as "she" because "she" is a living thing that needs to be cared for and not ignored...ignoring or overlooking myself for others is what got me here to begin with
...do not put everyone else first and myself last...realize my importance as a person, soul and body...I need attention and love too and that needs to come from me first
....surround myself with people who are positive influences and begin to move away from those who tend to tear me down, even if that means family
... meditate and take time out each day to reflect and maintain peace within myself
...be gracious for that which I do have and not focus on my struggles, as my struggles will be conquered much easier with a positive, optimistic attitude and appreciation for the things which I do have, rather than the things I lack
...increase my spirituality to become more in-tune with my mind, body and soul
...do what I can to help others, as long as it is not at the expense of me
I think this is going to be one of the most difficult New Years Resolutions I have taken on....but it will also be the most rewarding for the rest of my life!
Happy New Years, friends!