Happy New Year – A New You?

Well not much has been written lately since my daughter has been home for the holidays and we can just talk, so not much reason to post stuff.  However, today is a special day, so let’s add something – Happy New Year! This is more for my huge audience of 3-4 people out there. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to the new year.

Life is great because you can always improve and/or remake yourself. You can be the proverbial caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly … alright too extreme. However, the New Year is always the time people tend to want to hit the reset button on their lives; eat better, exercise, take a class of some sort, be kinder to others, etc. It’s great that once a year we are reminded to desire to improve ourselves. Not saying that there is anything wrong with you just as you sit there reading this, but life moves forward and we must move with it. While we should be content with whom we are now, that doesn’t mean that we should stop striving for self-improvement. I don’t believe you need to always succeed, but an effort should be made nonetheless to become your ideal self.

If your goal is hitting the gym or some other new activity, allow me to suggest start small! Do NOT go big.  If it’s the gym, go for only 10 minutes each day and every 1-2 weeks increase it by 5 minutes until you get to 45 minutes to an hour. Want to read more? Then just commit to 5-10 pages per day; that becomes 1,800 – 3,600 pages per year, which is around 6-12 books.

For me, 2018 is going to be a year of life adjustments. I think it will mostly revolve around improving relationships and adjusting my activities towards a healthier lifestyle.

Now for something new – words we should all know, maybe forgotten, or don’t use enough. Let’s start with one we should all practice so it’s not just academic.

Word of the Day:   Magnanimous  (adjective)

  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: “to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.”
  2. high-minded; noble: “a just and magnanimous ruler.”
  3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: “a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.”

Let’s all try to be a little magnanimous in 2018 and beyond!


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