It is so hard to believe that in just 3 days it will be 2012. I was born in 1947 so that means I have seen a few New Year’s Days come and go.

    It is so hard to believe that in just 3 days it will be 2012. I was born in 1947 so that means I have seen a few New Year’s Days come and go. They each seem to come faster than the one before. It also seems I get to the end of each year and have a better understanding about the passage of time than I did  before. I also seem to gain more insight into what is really important and what is not. I know that is good, except it means I am definitely getting older. It’s age and a whole lot of  life experiences that make us wiser. One thing I know for sure, according to the words of one much wiser than myself, “You reap what you sew.”
    “You reap what you sow,” that is very good advice for a new year. What  we sew in 2012 we will reap.
    My list of what I would like to sew is long, please allow me to share some of it with you. I know we will share many of the same thoughts as January 1, 2012 approaches.
    Kind words would be at the top of my list. I need to speak more kind words to my family and friends. If you want people to speak kindly to you, you need to start the process by speaking kindly to them. It’s like positive thinking, sometimes it takes more effort, but  it is well worth it. Speak words that are sincere, that are from your heart. Look beyond the obvious and speak words to people that really tell them you value them as a person and not just for what they do. SPEAK WORDS THAT SAY “I APPRECIATE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE YOU!”
    Try new things during the year, new adventures, new foods, something you have never done before. Time goes so quickly and I know too many who have come to the end of life’s journey and  had a long list of things they wish they would have done. Interestingly enough the list somehow had to do with relationships.
    Promise yourself to read more during 2012. Stay informed as to what is happening in your community and the world around you. An active mind will keep you alert, attentive, and aware. Spend less time watching meaningless television shows. Reality shows, in my opinion, are a terrible waste of time and reflect anything but what is real.
    Try to stay physically active during the new year and eat better. I am terrible at this, especially the eating better. We all know the benefits of this and the consequences we will reap if we do so.
    Develop more of the spiritual side of your being.?Seek spiritual truth and then apply it in your daily walk. You will find yourself content and more in tune to the needs of people around you. You will put others first.
    Find more ways to reduce any stress in your life. Start by saying “no” once in a while. Too much of the time we have the notion that self worth depends on how much we do, it doesn’t! Try liking yourself more in 2012. There is a difference between self esteem and narcissism. Positive self esteem is good and positive. If we like ourselves better we will also like others better. Try it, it works!
    Practice never letting the sun go down on your anger. It is very healthy!
    As you enter the new year remember there is ONE greater than all of us in charge. Your welfare is first on this ONE’S mind and, you are loved and cared for, trust and seek!