I hope you are having a happy new year as we cross mid-January. Mine has been going pretty well. Every new year I reflect on what I planned to do the year before, what I did achieve that year, and what I will do the next year. Last year I was determined to make 2014 count, which entailed being selfishly happy, building my purpose, and pushing myself. It was not easy. Some who are close to me considered it a little extreme, but I needed the time to re-evaluate my priorities and journey. I learned from that experience and am ready to create the plan for this year. These are my top three goals for this year. What are your goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments below.
1. Appreciate and celebrate the present
I have this habit of spending time dwelling on past decisions or experiences wondering if they were worth it and imagining my future wondering if I am on the right path. I figure this trait is not unique, but it never leaves me feeling happy or content. Rather I feel disappointed or deflated. Imagine how much better it would feel to recognize how wonderful your present is. To wake up to a brilliant blue sky. To have a reason to pursue aspirations. To recognize how far you have come in order to experience your present reality. This year, appreciate the present and celebrate every pleasant and challenging moment.
2. Live with an open heart
Life comes with bruises and scratches. Disappointments seem to pile up larger then successes. Gradually (and subconsciously) I distanced a part of my self from the world for self-defense. It is safer not to share your essence or not allow your emotions to get attached to prevent anyone from using it against you. With the enormous amount of pain and suffering felt around the world, how can anyone believe in love (all kinds of love)? Do not allow the world to freeze your heart. I cannot ignore the hatred, pollution, and injustice, but I can choose to see and believe in the beauty of this world. This year, open your heart to see the kindness and generosity that still exists and share it with others.
3. Be your version of happy
This past year entailed a lot of hard work (this coming year will probably be the same in that regard) and I had put my happiness on hold thinking I did not have time to spare. How valuable is achieving your goals if it lacks happiness? Slide out of your comfort zone. Learn a new skill. Paint every wall in your room a different color. Host a picnic. Babysit pet hamsters. Do what makes you smile on the inside and outside. Spend time with people who make you laugh. Do not waste an opportunity to enjoy your life. This year, treat yourself every month with something that makes you happy.