Mine are always the same...to be the best I can be and leave a positive affect on everyone who crosses my path.
I'm a big Doreen Virtue follower. The majority of things she says makes sense to me. This month, I'm trying to follow the advice for this year...not to worry.
Worry doesn't add one minute to our lives, it robs us of living life completely, and usually has extreme adverse reactions with our bodies and minds.
It's so easy for us to say, "don't worry about that" or "it'll all work out" to our friends who are struggling. Let me tell you, as one who has been struggling with a lot of things the past couple months, those phrases, along with "I'm praying for you," are pretty meaningless words without actions to back them up.
When we are trying to be empathetic with those around us who are struggling, let's be more sensitive to their situations and truly offer ourselves, in some manner, that makes a difference.
One of the other things the month of January brings me is the need to clear the clutter. That means people on your Facebook friends' list that you don't communicate with, clothes you haven't worn in 12 months, things that have been stuck in a closet "just in case I need them," as well as foods, attitudes, and a lot of other things.
If our lives are cluttered with all this stuff that we aren't using and don't need, how do we expect to bring in happiness, wealth, new things if they can't get in because there is no room?
I find it very freeing to give away the things that serve no purpose to me. Goodwill and Salvation Army have received many items over the years, and by the end of this month will receive many more.
As far as the people on your lists, I try my hardest to keep those who engage in conversation with me. If I've not heard anything from the person in 6 months, chances are I won't hear anything. I walk a fine line, because I have readers/followers who want to know what's going on, and that's different. When you are on my friends' list, know that you are there for a reason. I value you as a person, as a contact, as a friend. I truly care about you, check your pages, maybe comment on things occasionally, smile when I remember things we've done or talked about, and pray for you.
Something I've been doing for years...I pull up my friends list and look at each photo. I may not say more than "peace be with you," but I hold you in my thoughts for a few moments. Maybe on this cold January day, it would be a good practice for you to begin.
Enjoy the rest of January. Know that everything is happening as it should be, stay positive in the midst of the craziness, and smile. There is Someone holding the umbrella over your head, protecting you and shielding you from harm.
Until next time,
With much love and hugs