Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. 2018 is over. 2019 is here. As we start the journey of this New Year it is a good time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward into the year that is soon to begin. Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
All of us wonder what the new year will bring. I don’t know of any more relevant and practical advice for us at the start off 2019 than to say that the old year ends, a new begins with pages clean and new; And what is written on each page will now depend on you. We don’t have to live our lives imprisoned by our past because you can’t relive the year that’s past, erasing every wrong; for once a year – or day – is spent, It is forever gone. We are to allow a heavenly perspective to govern our earthly walk! Every decision, every activity, every plan and purpose is to be considered in the light of eternity. Everything is to be laid out before the Lord and considered not from an earthly, sensual perspective, but from the viewpoint of Heaven because the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
I think that the start of the New Year is a good time for us to rise to that challenge and to say to ourselves that I am going to, with the help of God, forget my past. I am going to stop torturing myself about what I did or didn’t do. This New Year is a good time to stop being chained to our past failures. Don’t give up in dark despair if you have failed some test; Seek God’s forgiveness and resolve henceforth to do your best. Resolve each precious day to do things good and kind and pure; Though days and years may pass away, these things shall still endure. You know not where your path may lead nor what’s beyond the hill; But know that God walks at your side, if you will do God’s will. We should remember that all things are possible with God, though days be bright or dim;
So do your best and know that you can leave the rest to God. Be encouraged, the future rests in the good hands of a God who loves you more than you can imagine. You may stumble this year, but you won’t completely fall. This is God’s promise to you.
Thank you all for your support in 2018! Happy New Year to you, your friends and family! Here’s to 2019!!! 🍾🥂 I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! There are different ways to practice kindness this season. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people around us needs a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help. Sometimes people just need to hear some encouraging and kind words in order to bring a smile to their face, so why not just do it already? Being kind to someone could change their entire day if you let it. Try and put this to the test by complimenting someone today, or maybe even reach out to one of your friends and let them know that you are proud of them. The little things mean the most to people and go a long way, so be kind to others and get some good karma on your side.
People may not remember what you said, or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Why not leave them with something positive this season. The holidays arrive each year with an abundance of expectations. We’re expected to be having fun and feeling joy, to be surrounded by loved ones and a warm, connected family to which we effortlessly belong. We’re expected to be busy and enjoying all sorts of exciting and festive activities, doing special holiday things. In short, we’re expected to be happy…well, actually, not just happy, happier than we are at any other time of the year. There are people out there who struggle every single day to get out of bed and do normal life things, so if they hear something negative, it could set them over the edge. That is why I think it is crucial for people to be kind to others and just learn to stop being so mean and hateful. The truth is, many people do not have warm and loving families to go home to, relatives with whom they feel they genuinely belong. Many are not busy with exciting and interesting things to do throughout the season. And the fact that they aren’t having the holiday season they’re expected to have makes them feel even worse about themselves — less joyful and less happy. It can be as simple as a smiling at someone, giving up your old wears to someone who cannot afford it, or buying food for the hungry, homeless man. It’s a way of connecting, if only for a short moment, with those people we pass in our daily lives. Everyone is affected by an act of kindness. Kindness is contagious and you never know just how big of an impact a small gesture of kindness can have.
There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships. It doesn’t have to cost anything, either; what’s important is that it’s an act of expressing genuine care for another person. In fact, there’s no limit to the ways in which we can be kind to others – all we need to do is pay attention to those around us and start seeing opportunities to help! Whatever it might be for you, give yourself the space to honor the transition that this season brings and to welcome its gifts with open arms. We must reorient ourselves towards kindness, compassion, service, love, and simplicity — the qualities that this season’s teachings are all about.
I’ve learned that things change, people change, and it doesn’t mean you forget the past or try to cover it up. It simply means that you move on and treasure the memories. Letting go doesn’t mean giving up… it means accepting that some things weren’t meant to be.
It happens as we get older and grow up and change. Friendships that we thought would be in our lives forever turn out to have an expiration date. Your lives are on two separate tracks and it seems that there’s no going back. And as much as you love her and cherish the memories you’ve shared together, you know in your heart that the friendship has run its course.
Maybe it’s that your friend is overwhelmingly emotionally needy and draining you of your time and energy. Or maybe she lied to you, betrayed you, or inflicted some other pain upon you. Or maybe your friend is incredibly negative, cynical, and pessimistic and works overtime to rain on your parade because she’s jealous of your sun and tired of her shade. Or maybe she doesn’t make the effort and you are tired of being the one to always reach out. Whatever the case may be – if a friendship brings out the WORST in you rather than the BEST in you, it’s not a friendship that belongs in your life.
You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them. The friendship had significance, and meaning, and importance…for a season. And that season has passed. Just like you wouldn’t wear a bikini in the winter or snow boots in the summer…it makes no sense to try to extend a friendship that was only meant to be a season into a lifetime…
Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers.
Keeping a cool humble demeanor, avoiding being too proud, and keeping your hopes up high, are things that are very beneficial for you to do in your life so that you may ultimately become who you desire to be. Keeping your hopes up high isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish, especially when life gets tough.
To keep your hopes up high you have to first adjust your thinking to do so. If you are constantly thinking, speaking, hearing and seeing negative words, chances are you will have a lot of trouble with keeping a joyous and hopeful attitude, as you deal with life, and all of it’s troubles.
Instead of nonchalantly allowing negative energy to infiltrate your life, and your thinking, be proactive and aggressive in seeking a more positive environment for yourself to be immersed in.
Thinking positively in this world is very important in being able to sustain the hope and right attitudes needed to make the best out of each situation in life, which will very greatly affect the quality of life for us as well.
Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Have fun. Fall In love. Regret nothing and don’t let people bring you down.
We all have great reasons to live. Sometimes in our lives we go through difficult times, and if we allow them to, they will bear down on us so heavily that we may just feel as though we want to give up. Don’t let life beat you down to the point of where you don’t feel like proceeding, because we all have a reason to live. For some of us it is our family, and for some of us living may be about spending time with others who are closest to us, while for some others living may be dedicated to the fulfillment of their dreams.
To be fully motivated and passionate about our lives we have to know why we live, and why we are here. Figuring out these things take some longer than others, but don’t be mistaken, without knowing these things it is hard to live life without wonder. What things or people in life would it be impossible for you to live without? What makes you want to get up and go every day? These are your reasons to live, and be the best person you may possibly become!
When we have negative thoughts, we produce toxic responses in our body that make us sick. Make a conscious effort to change your thought patterns today for a healthier you tomorrow.
Seeing past the negative in life is absolutely dire if you are to see everything in life that you need to see. If you choose to focus on the adversity that you are about to face, if you choose to focus on the negative things that people have to say, and the lack of resources you may have to get to where you want to be in life, then you will never have enough focus to get to your dreams.
When negative circumstances come your way, make the right choice, and choose to pay no attention to anything but the prize. Seeing the positive in every situation is very helpful in steering one’s mind away from the negative circumstances that are sure to alive when one is making great attempts at making his or her life better. Turn a blind eye to the negative influences life will tempt you to dwell on, see past the negative, and give your attention to the dreams you have set for yourself.
Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.
Though not everyone has the capability of just calling whoever they want or seeing whomever they may desire when they desire to, we should all make an effort to reach out to those we love, and those who love us unconditionally just the same.
There are hardly any feelings worse in life than feelings of regret, and having to regret not reaching out to members of our families and our closest friends like we should have when we had the chance to is a devastating emotion to live with.
Call your family often, and visit as often as you can as well. Make an emphatic effort to be there not only when you want to be there, but be there for those you love as much as possible to help show them how much you love them. It is also very essential to be vocal in describing the feelings you feel about those you love as much as you possibly can, because eventually there will be a point in time that you can’t!