I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to write for a end of 2015 post and the start of 2016. I took a lot to time to soul search during the holiday season.
I do not believe in New Years Resolutions, just as I don’t believe in living life with regrets. A New Year to me means, a time to renew your spirit and to reflect back on things you would like to change in your life. Making resolutions or promises to yourself and other you can’t keep is just setting your clean slate up for failure.
I like to think of each day as a clean slate. Each morning I start with prayer and every night I end with prayer. During the day I pray for people who ask for prayers or who I think are in need of prayers. Living this way makes me feel better about me. It gives me time to reflect on the person I want to be and how lucky I am to have the life, live in the country, and have what I have. Thankfulness is the root of happiness.
The holiday season can become a time of unthankfulness and a time of forgetting the reason for the season. It brings to light those that don’t have and are in need, and it brings out the wants in many of us (especially our children). While we don’t have to eliminate receiving, we need to promote giving all year long not just during the holidays. People are in need every single day. Not just in foreign countries but in ours. Not just people in the city but people in our local areas as well.
I’m taking time this year to look around me and to help those that suffer in silence. It doesn’t take money, it takes carving out some time from my busy schedule and being human. Becoming aware of what is going on around me. Helping and giving will help you feel more thankful for your own life, for what you have, and deciding the difference between a want and a need.
Have a Happy New Year and may 2016 bring you many blessings and help you be a blessing to others.