My New Year’s Resolution is to be more life affirming. To me that means
- to listen to other people more carefully
- to respond constructively every time
- to take nothing and no one for granted
- to do more and talk less about it
- to use precious time and energy to create, build, restore, improve, and achieve
- to apply rigor in professional and personal activities
- to value and encourage constructive paths in everyone in every situation
- to greet hardship with solutions in a spirit of rising instead of falling
- to adapt to change in stride, with the poise of faith and confidence
- to make fewer mistakes
- to be grateful every day
To sum up, I think affirming life means raising the bar of quality. It’s what I hope I’m always pursuing, but a new year is a good time to reinforce the philosophy of life. It’s a good time to remember that reward and joy come from discipline in personal conduct while at the same time focusing more on others than on myself. It’s a good time to remember that focus on personal comfort leads to shallow efforts. It’s a good time to remember that carelessness undermines the quality of life. It’s a good time to remember that focus on self leads to emptiness.
I hope that one or two of my readers will add similar resolutions for 2016, because I believe it makes life better for you as well as everyone around you. Happy New Year!