Sunday, December 30, 2012
There are winds of change coming with the new year. We can make anything happen that we choose and we can make better choices for the future. There are lots of messages about failure, failed hopes and dreams, disappointment, depressing news, and missed opportunities - but there are also messages of HOPE, HAPPINESS, SUCCESS, JOY, RESOLVE, PROGRESS, and POSITIVE CHANGES. You get the chance to open yet one more GIFT before the new year arrives. You get to open the box with the messages YOU CHOOSE for YOUR FUTURE. Ups and downs happen to all of us. Losses occur that are not WEIGHT LOSSES, but job, death, marital, and other losses that leave us drained, sucked dry of all hope OR filled with the idea that there IS HOPE, that the FUTURE is OURS to make better. We have the CHOICE to make decisions that will make a difference in OUR lives, our families' lives, and the lives of our friends and co-workers. What is YOUR choice for YOUR future? Will you be sitting here again next year moaning about the things you did NOT get done, the things that went wrong, and the losses you suffered or will you be sitting here writing about a FUTURE filled with hope, with joy, and with LOVE? You really do have the choice whether you are in the pits of despair NOW or on top of the world. YOU make the choices about how you will handle all of the things that arrive in your life. YOU will get to decide whether you will beat yourself up or love yourself enough to be gentle with your less than perfect choices. YOU will get to choose whether to look at the glass as half empty or half full. YOU have a whole new year facing you. . . what will you do with it? Think about all those months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that you have in front of you just in this ONE year. There are 12 months, what will you accomplish in those 12 months? There are 52 weeks, what are your plans to make those 52 weeks count? Will you be marking time or will you be making YOUR life and the lives of others better? There are 365 days - each day is an opportunity to start fresh, to make better decisions, to make a difference. There are 8760 hours in this brand new year, how many will you USE? How many will be wasted with missed opportunities? There are 525,600 minutes in this gift you are opening - THINK ABOUT THIS - if you saved ONE calorie, ONE penny, ONE negative comment for each of those minutes, you would be RICH in blessings that you would otherwise be missing. What are you going to do with your 525,600 minutes? What precious life will you touch? What lovely person will you make happier? What will you do to make YOU a better YOU than before you opened this gift? There are 31,536,000 seconds in this gift you are opening. How many acts of kindness will you have the chance to do? How many times will you wipe anothers' tear? How many times will you offer encouragement to someone else? How many times will you take the time to remember that YOU TOO ARE A GIFT? How many times will you remember to thank God for all the blessings you have and all the blessings you CAN BE for others? How many times will you turn away negativity and nastiness with love and caring? How many times will you remember that we are ALL on a journey and that NONE of our roads is straight, narrow, and smooth? How many times will you take the time to tell someone they make a difference in YOUR life? How many times will you say something kind, nice, loving, appreciative to your family, friends and the strangers and acquaintances you meet in your daily life? How will you make all of that time MATTER?
I was thinking of all of the time that I have wasted in the past 63 years and 3 months and 5 days. Might MY world be a better place if I had used some of that time more wisely? Might the people who committed suicide in my world have been touched enough that they didn't give in to despair? Might someone somewhere not have resorted to senseless violence if I had made MY time count better? Might I be in a more loving and more kind place in the world IF I HAD USED MY TIME MORE LOVINGLY? I can't change the PAST but I can attempt to make the FUTURE better. So can YOU. Even if ALL of the kindness and changes are within YOU and ALL of the time is spent improving YOU, the impact on the world we live in is inestimable. Our positivity and our improvements impact others in ways we cannot even imagine. Many of you have changed ME. Hopefully I have changed some of you. Think about what we can do if we ALL make those positive changes and USE those months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds of this next year to IMPROVE the world one decision, one choice, and one calorie at a time.
See what happens when I open the door and let my mind slip out and wander around. . .no telling what might happen.