I’m not very different from everyone else. The last twelve months have been a roller coaster ride for me. Every time things seemed to settle down, either in a good way or a bad way, all of a sudden that incline came out of nowhere and I then there I was, facing a landslide decline. The downhill was not always bad, not always scary, sometimes it was just that rush of excitement that I needed.
I have been struggling over the last few days both with some decisions I have to make in everyday life, and with the decision as to whether I should make The List. You know the one, it has a Part A: all those things from the last twelve months that I deem to be list worthy, and then comes Part B: all those things I resolve to do in the next twelve months.
But why do we make these lists? Especially the ones we resolve to do in the next twelve months? How many times over the course of your life have you made those resolutions and then actually followed through with them? I have decided not to make a list after all; I have decided that instead of making a list of resolutions to try to stick to… I am doing one thing only, I am going to wake up each morning and take a moment or two to meditate on all of the things I have to be thankful for. I have been thinking that I need a little fine tuning of the attitude, and I think that this one daily exercise will help keep me centered, focused on what is really important.
While most of you are just waking up and starting your new year, I am half a world away. My first day of the new year is already almost over. Today was a challenge for me. I find myself standing at one of those major forks in the road where I am forced to make some very hard decisions. Today I made a conscious effort to give thanks for all of my blessings, and come back to center before I reacted to anything. With this effort, I hope that I smiled at least once more than I did yesterday. If I did, then I was successful.