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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!
Here we are… Beginning, yet, another year... Happy New Year, my friends! I whole-heartedly hope that 2012 does not find you in the same old rut that many people seem to fall into at this time of year: setting unrealistic vows to better themselves. Yes, I’m referring to those resolutions people seem to make every year… Have you ever looked up the definition of “goal”? According to Merriam-Webster.com, goal is defined as, “the terminal point of a race”. I think we can all agree that resolutions feel rather ‘terminal’ when attempting to carry them out…
Several years ago I decided to put a positive and realistic spin on each New Year’s entrance. Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions, I created a rhyming theme for each year under which I could follow daily. The theme allows me to not only work on myself to become a better person, but to also inspire those around me – again, on a daily basis. The longer I do it, the easier it gets, as it has become a habit now (sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it). In the beginning, if I ‘fell off the wagon’ it was easy to get right back on again (because it’s an annual and inspirational theme of self betterment).
The theme serves as a faith based reminder and also as a motivational reminder. Be a good person, do good by others, do as Jesus would do, make God proud to be your Father, and make your earth parents proud of you, too. When I started my motivational themes, I decided that I needed to dig deep within myself to find out what it was that I was searching for in life. Shortly thereafter I realized that I needed to find a different church, a new place to live, a new set of friends and a new career – which eventually directed me down the path to my returning to college (rather large list, I know!). All positive changes as you can see. I now live in a comfortable and safe home; in addition, I have found a home church with an abundance of new friends within, who have become family to me, not just friends. My journey through college is not over, yet, but will bring me a wonderful future with a rewarding career some day. Until then, I have employment that I am very thankful for.
Here is a list of past years’ themes:
• Dig for More in 2004
• Be Alive in 2005
• Mix in 2006
• Slice of Heaven in 2007
• Make it Great in 2008
• Be Devine in 2009
• Amen in 2010
• Live for Heaven in 2011
I’ve chosen “Immerse ourselves in 2012” as this year’s theme.
If you care to join me on this absolutely fulfilling mission, please do – you won’t regret it! The idea is simple: each day, make sure to do at least one thing to carry out the theme (whether you better yourself or inspire another person). You can do this by simply spending some time with somebody who is lonely, or, perhaps you might run into someone who really needs a compliment – whether you know them or not – speak up! As for self betterment, read the Bible, call your mother, visit your grandparents, take a walk at lunch time, catch up on your bills, organize your closets… you know what it is that needs to be taken care of, so giddy-up my friend. There are only so many hours in a day…
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
May God bless you and lead you, my friends!