As New Years eve is tonight I wanted to share these thoughts with you. I hope something may resonate with you and would love to hear your thoughts.

I believe that Karma exists. Actually, I ‘know’ Karma exists!

I believe that everyone you meet has something to teach you, and we can learn that something if we listen. 

I believe that you will get over and through most of the ‘drama.’ life hands out, and again, Karma exists, so you don’t have to ‘get even’, Karma will even it all out, if need be.

I believe working smart and working hard does reap rewards, just don’t hurt anyone as you move forward with your work plan. There is room for everyone to succeed.

I believe you have to have honor. We see so many people in power who think they are ‘above it all’, can’t be touched, however…..I believe in Karma 🙂  Living an honorable life, doing the right thing I believe shows up in you physically as well as mentally. 

Live the kind of life where you can look yourself in the mirror and know you have chosen the ‘right path.’ I am not talking religion. I am talking about that conversation you are going to have with yourself at the end of your life. 

I believe life is not about how much money you have its about happiness, friendship, health.

Stop being a consumer, it only means there is a ‘hole’ you are trying to fill. As a matter of fact, this year, if you want to set a goal, stop being a consumer. That ‘stuff you buy’ is not going to fill that hole in your life. So put your money to better use than buying stuff that will only be worth 1/10th of its value at your garage sale three years from now. Teach your children to not be super consumers as well. We really need to stop being overly indulgent in this society. Instead, go for experiences. A night spent at the theatre or an afternoon spent hiking or in the park etc is a whole lot more satisfying than buying a thingamajig,that you eventually will have to dust-lol. Trying buying food for the homeless or supplies for animals in a shelter. Be a minimalist. Try it, for one year. 365 days. 

This past year I decided that filling my body with ‘food’ was not going to fill my real needs, so I started making better choices, started paying attention to what I needed to do… I lost weight, feel healthier in mind and body and introduced a few other changes that would create a more positive environment for me to live in and with. Its been a transformative year, to say the least. The reason I am sharing this with you is because I am suggesting you might consider changes, maybe different choices than you are currently making. Life is funny, I don’t believe you will get hurt if you take a step forward. I think if you sit it out on the sidelines, you set yourself up though and life will waltz in and push you into a change. Take that first step. Come on, you CAN do this.

Stop watching so much TV. Its also not going to fill that ‘hole’. Start reading, or paint a wall or join a class or go for a walk or get together with a friend or volunteer. Get active, get out there. Take the focus off you and put it on someone who could use your help.

Stop judging others so much.  Can you try to go through one day without judging things like– the way she does her hair, how he drives, what they said, how the storeclerk responded to you etc. Just because that person doesnt belong to your religion or your club or your country or your whatever it is, doesnt make him/her wrong. Stop judging.

Please stop saying ‘fake news’. Freedom of speech and the press are critical in our free society- they let us know what is going on. As you know, Hitler and Communism, controlled the press. Why would you want the press to stop reporting on what is going on in Washington or the world. And if you are going to use that expression, than you also need to start saying ‘fake politics, fake leadership.’

Your day to day interactions with people matter, more than you know. Basics..people want to know you see them, hear them and understand what they are saying. They want to connect. So slow down and connect. It could be one of the best parts of your day.  As Maya Angelou said:

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

 

Speak up, speak out and vote. Don’t be part of the ‘silent majority’ 

Be gracious. If you don’t know how, learn. Nothing more elegant or defining of someone than that. 

You know, I wrote this as much for myself as for you. Happy New Year, I truly wish you the best for you and yours in 2018 and beyond

 

Warmly

~Sharon