Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tis the Season

At this time of year, I always tend to get a little introspective. And really, who doesn't? The end of the year signifies a rebirth, a new beginning, a time to reflect, heal, and grow. I've experienced a lot of personal growth this year, and I'm excited to continue that process in 2011.

It occurred to me today as I was driving home just how lucky I am. My car pumps out the heat, keeping me warm, my job provides food for my family and personal interaction with the outside world, my family provides everything else I need to survive. I'm a lucky woman.

In fact, I realized today just how much I take for granted. Many people out there are lonely, cold, and hungry. They don't have the benefit of a fulfilling career, caring family and friends, and food on the table. I have my health. I'm able to walk, talk, breathe, and take care of myself. A lot of people can't say the same. Truly, my friends, I'm blessed.

I'm not saying all of this stuff to rub my good fortune in the faces of those who have naught. Quite the contrary. I'm saying this because I just realized it. Really realized it. Life is good, and it's high time I appreciated it. It's amazing how we let life's little irritations get in the way of our joy. We complain about our daily commute, our jobs, our coworkers, everything that we have. We don't stop to take stock of what we have and really be thankful.

So, this is one of the goals I've set for myself for the upcoming year. I'm going to take a moment each day to be thankful. I'm going to get down on my knees and thank the powers that be that I have what I do. I'm not going to complain about life's little difficulties becuase I'm lucky enough to have my life. I'm going to cherish every day that I've been given and consider myself honored that I have all that I do.

In addition to being thankful, I'm pledging now to be positive. I'm going to try again to see the good in every person, be nonjudgemental and kind to everyone I meet and try to help in any way that I can. I think that this is one thing that we as a society lack. We focus on the negative and overlook the positive. So, I quit. I'm done behaving in a negative way. I'm going to be positive and spread that positivity like seeds. Who knows what will grow?

So there's my little promise to you, and to myself. I am committed to doing these things, among others. What's your promise?