New Year's Day has come and gone, but the new year has just begun. I don't make New Year's resolutions, per se. I think you need motivation, direction and discipline everyday to live a life of purpose, as well as, the flexibility to meet the challenges that will invariably arise. Nothing earth-shattering here ... stay positive, always do your best, learn from your mistakes and keep trying. (Somethings, trying something else.) I don't believe this way of thinking guarantees you'll achieve every goal, get rich, or avoid all hardship, but I think over the course of a lifetime, you'll find contentment in knowing you were the best you could possibly be. You will live a meaningful life, and one that you direct.
That being said, there are a few things I'd like to have more and less of in 2011:
Laughs with family and friends
Fabulous voices to listen to – (No mosh pits for me!) Music by gifted performers who really can sing
Interesting books to read – What will I discover in the new year?
Congress working together – Compromise, government getting the job done
Pilates – Good teachers nearby
Organization of home and work space – Forever makes me happy!
Wholesome, delicious food to eat – Forever makes me happy!
Patience – Practicing it, receiving it
Generosity of spirit – Possessing it, receiving it
Transparency – Living it, being surrounded by it. Forever makes me happy!
Negative people - Life is too short.
Lindsay Lohan - Her mother, her father
Kate Gosselin - And the journalists who interview her.
Heidi Montag - Ditto. Let's go back to, you must have a talent to become a celebrity.
Christine O'Donnell and those like her - "I am not a witch." Enough said.
Movies – That are slight, depressing or pointless
Facebook – A little goes a long way.
Twitter – A miniscule goes a very long way.
And finally, I'd like to share a clever quote from Suzy Orman, who gives advice on tracking your spending and staying out of debt, “You are creating a life where people come first, then money, then things.” It's a good thought to start a new year, don't you agree?
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