“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey
There is nothing better than starting fresh with a clean slate, which is why I love the beginning of a new year. All over the world, men, women, and children are putting their best foot forward and striving to become a better version of themselves. Admittedly, we often set unrealistic goals with immeasurable expectations, but not all resolutions have to be like that. After a year of reflection, I have found that there are three things most of us could put on our collective list of new year’s resolutions:
- Patience: Whether it be in line at a grocery store, stuck in traffic during your daily commute, waiting at an unexpectedly crowded restaurant, caught in a bustling airport, trapped in a meeting, or on a never-ending conference call, we all find ourselves in situations where we could use a step back and a deep breath. We often forget just how lucky we are that we have money to spend at the grocery store and that we have a job to commute to. We ignore how fortunate we are to be in the traffic and not the accident slowing it down and to be in line at a restaurant instead of begging for scraps outside of it. We’re so accustomed to the world and everyone in it moving a mile a minute that we fail to recognize all the wonderful things we miss out on as a result. Wherever, whoever, whatever you’re rushing to will be there when you arrive, so enjoy the journey.
- Empathy: There are approximately seven and a half billion people out there all with completely different and unique sets of circumstances. The highest high one of us has experienced may in fact be the lowest low of another. How you were raised may not be comparable to the way I was raised, and that’s okay. Sympathizing with someone you have absolutely nothing in common with can admittedly be difficult, but empathizing is exponentially easier. You may not have a personal connection to someone who has been affected by suicide or sexual assault, for example, but you can find it in your heart to feel for those of us that do. If we were all genuinely willing to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to fully immerse in the potential of what could have been, the mental health of this entire planet would collectively and undoubtedly improve by leaps and bounds.
- Time: We always think we’re going to have more of it until we don’t. We make plans for tomorrow and for years to come like they’re guaranteed when we know for a fact that they aren’t. Your time, my time; it all might come to an end sooner than we’d like. Spend every day doing what you love to do with the ones you love to do it with and remind your family and friends that you care about them. There is nothing worse than wishing you had done more and no longer having the opportunity to do so.
Happy 2019, friends! Remember that even little changes in your awareness of the world and how you interact with it can greatly improve your life and the lives of those around you. Sending you and yours all my love, always.