Well, we’ve made it to that time of year in which you’re supposed to reflect on the past twelve months while simultaneously setting yourself up for failure over the next twelve.
(That’s not too negative, is it?)
If I stop to consider personal history, the first few weeks of the new year are usually marked by bitterly cold weather, some kind of sniffles, and at least one major disappointment. So, yeah…I suppose it seems a bit negative when you tend to start out a year that way.
However, what if–just follow me for a minute here–instead of viewing the upcoming year as a huge chunk of disaster waiting to happen, we just lived it day by day?
Think about it.
I’m not saying no one should set goals or plan ahead…far from it. In fact, I’m the last person on earth who would suggest that not developing some kind of game plan is a good thing.
I just know I won’t wake up tomorrow feeling as though some kind of magical change will take place simply because I have to start remembering to write “2018” on all of my documents.
So, I’d like to approach January 1, 2018 as…Monday.
I think you get the idea. If I look back at 2017 as a whole, making a generalization about the entire year isn’t going to be accurate. If I pick out specific dates, times, locations, situations…I can get very accurate.
I think I’ll follow the 2018 road day by day…with a map handy (for guidance, of course).
And what is on that map?
Be authentic. Be genuine. Be sincere.
Read. Write. Take photos.
Work. Work. Sleep (occasionally).
Plan another trip. I drove myself across a big chunk of real estate this year, and there’s still more to see.
And knit something…to get through the bitter cold.
Happy New Ye…umm, Happy Monday, everyone!