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Bring on the new year

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Be intentional. Make your choices count, no matter how small they may seem.

Love someone in action every single day, including yourself.

Move forward in every area of your life,  wherever you may be today. Keep in mind forward movement is relative for each person. Everyone is starting at a different place. Don't waste time comparing the place where you are in your journey to the place someone else is in their's. 

Watch to see if and what you learn new every day. Write down what you learn as often as you can. At the end of the year, you will be amazed to see the things you learn along the way.

If you are not a Christian, I challenge you to consider Pascal's wager. Check it out to see exactly what I'm talking about. All you have to lose in eternity.

Find a trusted friend and together take some old resentments off the shelf, examine them together, own them, then let them go. Let the wounds heal.

You have 365 days in the next year... or do you? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe you do, but someone you love doesn't. Don't waste a single opportunity to show and tell people you love them.

Do a personal inventory. Keep it sweet and simple. There are lost of suggestions to be found online to help guide you through the process. What worked during the past twelve months? What didn't? 

If there is something that you need to do but are struggling to step into it, start with I want to want to. God, help me want to want to. 

There is utter freedom when we realize we possess the power to choose our words.  Every time we choose not to gossip, lie, complain, manipulate, use sarcasm, we remove such burden from our shoulders. Peace descends... you want this, you know you do.

Use social media for good and not for evil. Or in most cases, simply use it to choose the above mentioned words wisely. Build people up, remind them we all have more in common than we realize. Life is better without drama.

Find like minded people to spend time with, but seek to develop friendships with people who don't look like you. We have so much to learn from each other.

Surround yourself with good things; people, music, movies, books, nature, lovely things that remind you of lovely people. 

Read and/or listen to something good every single day - daily readings, devotionals, scripture, podcasts, books, the story behind good music. 

Explore your creative side, on purpose, but just for fun. Find or create a mastermind group to expand your knowledge of your craft; give and receive encouragement.

Look up, literally. Stop looking at your phone, the tv, computer or whatever else has captured your attention. Look up at the trees, the sky, the people walking by, the people sitting across the table from you, the birds. When is the last time you saw the stars on a clear, bright night? How about the moon? See them, really SEE them.

Get fresh air, seek nature wherever you are. Unless you live in a bubble, you can go outside for a few minutes every day, just to enjoy the fresh air.

Do your next right thing. Even if it's just washing your dishes.

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