2018 – Been there, done that, profited mightily…
And, lived to tell about it!
Before I turned 45, one year would end and another began and I didn’t do much thinking about what came next. I just did what folks do—work, take care of the family, go to church, the grocery store, a little of this and that, and the next day, I’d do it all again. After a major health scare, I realized that I had treated “being alive” and “living in brilliant color” the same. They are not.
After that, I started being more thoughtful, deliberate, adventurous, and thankful. While in my hospital bed, looking at the ceiling, I decided to really live every day and make each day count. Today I am happy to move 2018 to the history books and label it “Profit,” for I am older, wiser and better because of these 365 days. I’m also sharing my “profit” with you:
Do something even if it’s wrong! This was the sermon my boss often preached because some choices are tough but they still have to be made. Whether you move forward or stay where you are, doing nothing is rarely the best option. Indecision costs time and resources and if/when a decision is made for you, most likely it won’t be what you would have chosen. Like with standardized tests, weigh the options, eliminate the obvious imposters, pick the best one, and trust your instincts.
Opportunity is an action word. Seize it! During 2018, I met my childhood idol, Johnny Mathis, traveled to South Korea and Mongolia, restarted a newspaper column, did some writing, planning and research, and lectured to some of the nicest folks on the planet. Trying the horse meat in Mongolia was daunting but I refused to travel literally around the world and be too chicken-hearted to experience different cultural wonders. I know now that I don’t like long flights but I am an adventurer and so I will keep saying yes to new things and be proud of my expanding horizon.
Changing your attitude changes everything. I learned long ago that it’s not so much what happens to us but how we react to it that changes the course of our lives. Self-help guru Tony Robbins puts it this way: “It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.” He’s right. Every day you get a choice. You can choose to drink water from a half-full glass or a half-empty one.
Either way, at some point, the glass will need to be refilled or you die of thirst. Every 24 hours you get another chance to help someone, to lift someone up, or step on them on the way up. Galatians 6:7 gently reminds us that “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” so sow love, respect and kindness, especially to the children and the elderly, and reap joy!
Finally, your time is precious and finite. Respect, embrace and treat it that way. You can recycle cans, bottles, newspapers, even clothes and lies, but once you’ve wasted time, it’s gone forever. Plan for tomorrow, sure, but live today like the gift it is.
Support our soldiers, their families, and our elected representatives who serve with honor and integrity. Government works when we all get involved and pay attention so ask tough questions, listen carefully for the answers, and advocate for causes you care about. Take care of your money–save, give, and spend—in that order, make time for your friends, and make 2019 your best year yet!
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