- Allow necessary change
- Be good to yourself
- Use life experience well, everyday
- Learn more
- Share more
- Smile more
- Live well
This year, I turn forty. For me, what stands out is that twenty years ago I was still striding away from my teen years. Twenty years...! I can't help but mentally try to measure the distance I've come. Far enough? Not so far? Remembering myself at twenty, I definitely had some growing up to do, despite the illusion I "was all growed up" and fully an adult. To be honest, there are trails in the sands of time leading from that twentieth year, all the way up til now. There are some aspects of my personality that have their roots in traits from back then.
Not all of them are bad. No, there's good stuff in there, for sure. Creativity, for one - call it a "sense of play". The innate desire to help people is another. But there's other stuff, not so great remnants that still manifest although perhaps not as strongly or exactly the same as they did back then. It's to those aspects of myself that I intend to shed a mature light on this year, much like I did for my smoking addiction over eight years ago.
When I finally took a hard look at the tobacco habit and asked myself, "Why do I smoke?" The answer, the honest answer, was simple: I smoke because I'd started when I was a teen and became addicted. When I responded maturely to that answer, it was not surprising to feel the power behind the conviction that I was no longer fifteen years old and so had no excuse anymore to keep smoking. It truly was not "cool" to smoke - as an adult I knew that, and in the knowing came the reason to knock it off (a filthy habit in so many ways, you know).
So it is in this year that I'm choosing to do the same with some of the less than desirable habits of thinking that I've chosen to honestly review. From such review will come changes that I've no doubt will lead to a healthier, happier year and future years.
May your own new year bring you health and happiness.