It’s almost the end of the year now, and as usual, I took a few minutes to think about this year and how great it was. Thought about my regrets (not enough riding – even with two bikes), accomplishments and goals met. Then I quickly shifted forward to the future – 2016 in a few days!
Then I thought about putting things in order. It’s time to prioritize my goals for next year.
I’ve put relationships on top of the list. Relationship with God – I’ve got a long way to go on this one, so there’s work to do. Then there’s family, friends, coworkers and strangers. I need to improve on this important area – maybe talk less?
Do you know why relationships are important? Because it’s what gives us the fullest life. Did you notice that there are hundreds of millions of people living in poverty in less developed countries with a happiness factor better than the average first world resident? It’s because they have close friends and family that serve as support groups.
My other goals are not that interesting. Here’s an example: I plan on riding a 20 mile bike ride, a 40 mile bike ride and try to accumulate 500-1000 miles of riding in 2016. Are you still awake? Like I tell my wife often: I’m prolly the most boring guy in the world. My daughter told me the other day that I was boring. That was a feather in my cap.
So what may I suggest for this coming year?
Since you asked and really want to know, here’s a few of them:
I recommend we all do some soul-searching and get rid of a few trash in our lives. Maybe we have a collection of something that we don’t even look at for years. We are betting that the day would come that we’ll finally use it. But that day never comes. Let’s get rid of it and bring a smile to someone who have been looking for that trash. Our treasure (trash) is someone else’s treasure!
Let’s get rid of the negative thoughts and deeds forever. To illustrate: Here’s a quick story that I got in one of the comments section of an article in yahoo.com:
An atom was walking with another atom when the first atom said: “I lost an electron”. Other atom asked: “are you sure”? The first atom responded: “I’m POSITIVE!”
Get rid of all negative influences. There are things we can control and there are things we can’t. We pray to give us the wisdom to know which is which. Sometimes we fret over things way beyond our control, and sometimes we try to control people because “we love them”. God does not twist our arm to do His will. It’s a great evidence of real love – the freedom to pick and choose.
Organize things a bit. I often use a paper planner for writing down appointments, goals, steps to a project, favorite Bible verses, gear ratios of my bicycles, etc. But with the arrival of the smartphone – they’re all now in my phone. I still use a small journal to keep passwords and other important data. It’s not hackable. Hint: keep it close and never lose it.
The first day of the new year is kinda like a reset. You may have regrets about the past year(s) or you’re still sitting on the laurels of your 2015 accomplishments. But come January first, things change – can’t go back to Dec 31, 2015 ever again!
It’s a new beginning – a tremendous opportunity to live, love and give!