Happy New year! Today is a new day and a new year. What I do with these 525,600 minutes/365 days is totally up to me. I am responsible for my life. I am responsible for my happiness. My prayer is I use my time wisely so I can become the woman God want me to be. I am looking forward to the year ahead.
I am determined to make great decision and better choices.
I am determined to cultivate productive habits.
I am determined to live and look towards the future with optimism.
I am determined to have peace and joy.
I am determined to make this be a great year.
I am determined to spread love.
I am believing that 2014 will be a year filled with blessings and abundance.
“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”
― Goran Persson
The older I get and the closer I tap within the spiritual realm….. I begin to see and feel the true meaning of Christmas. I experience God’s presence drawing closer. I begin to allow myself to draw closer to Him. The closer I draw to God, the more I feel and draw on his presence, the dynamics of what the meaning of Christmas begin to change. I no longer focus on the immaterial and the intangible. I start to view the concrete blessings that has been bestowed upon me all throughout the year. I begin to realize the true gift of Christ does not come wrapped under a tree. Every day become Christmas to me. I begin to see each day as a gift. The gift of Christ grace and mercy become more tangible. Every morning when I wake up clothe in my right mind, able to work and use all my body parts, have good health, a place to eat and sleep, food on the table, money in my pocket……. I feel and see the hand of grace and mercy extend to me….not because I deserve it, but because I serve a God who love me and want to shower me with blessings everyday. I do not take my gifts lightly.This is what Christmas is about to me. I find the true meaning of Christmas wrapped everyday in the gift of life, love and living.
I just finished reading the “The Happiness Project.” It is one of those books that had been on my list of books to read for sometime now. After reading an unofficial book review from another blog, I decided to check the happiness project book out from my local library and read it. I am glad I took the time to read the book before the upcoming year. The book served as a book of encouragement for me. Most of the things the author mention in the book I am already doing such as :
* Be serious about play
*Find fun, some of the thing I do to have fun is increasing my photography skills, doing crossword puzzles, playing games such as Rory Story Cubes to break my writer’s block
* Stimulate the mind in new ways: I enjoy traveling, teaching myself a new language and learning new skills
* Start a collection: I collect dolls, books and different types of cameras(including film cameras)
However, here are a few things Gretchen mention in her book I have put on my to do list to work on in the coming year
* Write a book
*Imitate a spiritual master
What are some things you plan to work on in the coming year to make you happy?
An ice storm blew in on Thursday night. For the last 2 days we have been stuck indoors because of the icy roads. I have been using my time wisely reading, writing, researching, rearranging and reflecting. I am truly enjoying every moment. Just as the ice is frozen still on the tree, I am sitting still using every moment as a time of reflection. I look forward to what is to come.