Keep Moving Forward

“You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Maya Angelou

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

Day one of 2016. New Years Day has always been a springboard for most of my life changing new beginnings. But as we all know from experience, it’s not easy to keep those resolutions. I think this 20th Century proverb I found pretty much sums it up:

Your New Years resolution
Resolve to renew
All your old resolves.
And add a few
That are new.
Resolve to keep them
As long as you can.
What more can a
Poor man do.

Weeks before New Years Eve, I began making my list of goals for the new year. I reviewed my list from 2015 and was happy that I did reach some of my goals. However, the goals that I didn’t reach, have now moved to the top of my 2016 goal list.

As I prepared and pondered over my Goals for the Year, I happen to read a post from a fellow blogger, Erika Kind that inspired me. Erika wrote about how our past does not define our future. She wrote about . . . how the experience you made in the past is not the experience that lies in the future.

Never believe that whatever happened in the past is direction for the future.

When I read this post, a light went off in my head. Her writing rang so true to what I wanted to work on for the coming year. Not only to work on, but to make it my mantra. To learn not only to let go of the past, also to learn from the past. And most importantly, no matter what happens to keep moving forward.

Shine On

Day to Day

“If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
                                                            Maya Angelou

2015Happy New Year.

Day one of  The 2015 Chronicles. Beginning an article or a story has always been difficult for me. Mostly because where and how you begin something is, I believe, critical to its success. However, New Years Day has always been a springboard for most of my life changing new beginnings.

When it comes to New Years, resolutions are how most people begin their New Year. From simple resolutions to more challenging ones, resolutions are usually made to make a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something nice, such as helping an elderly person across the street.

Your New Years resolution
Resolve to renew
All your old resolves.
And add a few
That are new.
Resolve to keep them
As long as you can.
What more can a
Poor man do.

Every year I start with my ritual “Goals for the Year” list. It looks similar to my grocery list, but with fewer items checked off.  After reviewing the 2014 list, I made a mental note that not one of my goals for 2014 was accomplished. So my 2015 Goal list was simply a cut and past job.

What can be learned from this? Maybe my goals are too overwhelming. Maybe my goals need to be shrunk, just like my ever increasing waistline. Maybe I need just one simple resolution. But how is that possible? What am I missing from my goals each year?

After looking closely and analyzing my list, I discovered that there is one resolution that has never graced my list. A resolution to have a positive attitude toward my fellow man and my own goals. I believe this one simple resolution will give me a powerful sense of regeneration and allow me more success with all my 2015 goals.

Could it be that simple? That by adjusting my attitude it could be the secret to the success or failure of my yearly resolutions? It’s worth a try. And maybe this one simple resolution will help me to live up to my highest hopes day to day.

Shine On