Friday, December 31, 2010

Just Another Opportunity

Here it is, the end of one year and the beginning of another, and a good time to make plans for what I want to accomplish in the next twelve months. It’s time to change what date I write on my checks and other correspondence. It’s a good time to…

You know what? Tomorrow’s just another day, like yesterday, and the day before. Just like the day after tomorrow will be yet another day. It’s up to me to decide how I’ll spend that time. On Christmas day, I hung out with my family. We played, laughed together, went visiting, ate dinner, and just spent time. Best day possible. Granted, I realize every day can’t be like that. But if I make some effort, I know I can find one day a week, or one hour even, to dedicate to the important people in my life, and to do the things most important to me. Every day is a new opportunity to do things right.

Every year in January attendance at the gym (where I work out) doubles and stays that way until mid-February or the beginning of March before the crowds thin again, because those people who resolved to get in shape have lost their motivation. And every year, I let those people who stop coming to the gym become an example to me. I will not quit, I will persevere. I will press on even if my goals are hard to reach. My gym membership will be well used, and so will my time.

January is just another month whose number on the calendar happens to be one. It’s a beginning, yes. Definitely. But it is not an end (unless you’ve decided to let it be an end to bad habits—that’s a good thing).

What great things have you accomplished in the past year? Have you established a habit that is beneficial to you? I want to know about it.

Oh yes. And by the way, happy New Year!

8 comments:

Stephanie McGee said...

Happy New Year!!

Angela Felsted said...

Happy New Year!

CL Beck, author said...

Hope you have a wonderful 2011, and that we'll see our numbers for Mormon Mishaps and Mischief shoot through the roof! :)

kbrebes said...

Umm. Well, since I started writing after attending StoryMakers, I started washing my hair every other day instead of every day. I guess that's a new habit. It does give me more time to write! Also, I'm reading books written by authors I want to imitate rater than books I just like. I guess the best and biggest new habit is slowing down enough to really look people in the eye and stick around to listen instead of rushing off to do my own thing. You've really made me think today. Thanks!

Rachelle said...

I love this time of year and your post is super! I'm re-evaluating what is most important and trying to make sure those special moments with my family stay at the top of my list. This past year saw some of my biggest goals being met, but nothing tops having a baby--even though he made it hard for me to get to some other goals--I know that little guy was the most important thing I accomplished this year. :)

Shari said...

I wrote more words this year than I think I have my entire life. That goal meant the most to me since my time with my family hasn't really changed. I always make time for them.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The one good thing I've done for my career in the last few months and I hope I keep it going into the next year. I've been very consistent on my blogging and visiting my friends' blogs.

ali said...

YES! This year I vow to NOT be one of those people who loses their motivation for good health. I vow it!!

The excellent habit I developed in 2010 is to be a faithful and diligent writer. A fantastic accomplishment for me! Woot!