Be the Change

Snow Patrol, Called Out In The DarkFallen Empires, 2011
We are listening and we’re not blind,

This is your life, this is your time
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Why pick a certain time of the year to set forth new goals? Why not think of and achieve new goals every day? I don’t like the idea of setting new goals at the start of the year because to me, it doesn’t take the start of a new year to start over. We as people are constantly reinventing ourselves, discovering new things, and solving problems. I set goals and expectations for myself every day to some extent, so I don’t really feel the need to designate a certain time of the year to put new behavior or habits into action. I think we’ve all heard the phrase “new year, new you,” but that phrase doesn’t mean much to me; there isn’t a designated time frame on our lives, anything could happen at any moment, so why constrict ourselves to only being motivated to take action at the start of the new year?

I wouldn’t say that I have a specific New Year’s resolution, but I have been working on a few things since my last post. I’ve been trying to spend more time figuring out what is going on in the world around me, thinking about others, what I can do to help them, and the power of positive energy. Thinking about these things gives me a greater appreciation of how lucky I have been in life despite certain circumstances. Keeping those things in mind, 2012 will be my year of leading by example. As Mahatmas Gandhi often said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We can all be that change in 2012 with some time and effort!
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