just before christmas, all of a sudden, i had a flash of divine inspiration, and the 1970kikiproject for next year came together. yippee! i am jazzed to share all the details with you on monday, january 9th.
within the next few days, many of us will turn our attention to making resolutions or setting goals (there’s a difference in the semantics, to my mind). now, while i much prefer the idea of having labour day weekend serve as the “new year,” i am not one to turn away the opportunity to plan ahead!
i came across the following set of reflective thoughts about life on ultrarunner olga’s blog. her list contains more points than i will share, here. i picked the ones that resonate the most, and reordered her list, as well. so, maybe wait until you have a quiet two minutes (my young mom readers are laughing in my face, right now!) and enjoy a meditative moment.
1.~It’s much harder to change the length of your life than it is to change the depth of it.
2.~Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. Read.
3~Everything is a life lesson. Everyone you meet, everything you encounter, etc. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson, especially when things don’t go your way. If you don’t get a job that you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work, it only means something better is out there waiting. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it.
4.~Regardless of how filthy your past has been, your future is still spotless. Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.
5.~You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
6.~When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
7.~One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.
8.~If a person wants to be a part of your life they will make an obvious effort to do so. Don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
9.~If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down – which is not always as obvious and easy as it sounds.
10.~Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.
11.~Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You don’t fail by falling down. You fail by never getting back up.
12.~Everyone basically wants the same things. They want validation, love, happiness, fulfillment and hopes for a better future. The way they pursue these desires is where things branch off, but the fundamentals are the same.
13.~The more things you own, the more your things own you. Less truly gives you more freedom.
14.~Making a thousand friends is not a miracle. A miracle is making one friend who will stand by your side when thousands are against you.
15.~Someone will always be better looking. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be more charismatic. But they will never be you.
16.~Making progress involves risk. Period. You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
17.~Every morning you are faced with two choices: you can aimlessly stumble through the day not knowing what’s going to happen and simply react to events at a moment’s notice, or you can go through the day directing your own life and making your own decisions and destiny.
18.~Everyone makes mistakes. If you can’t forgive others, don’t expect others to forgive you.
19.~You can’t take things too personally. Rarely do people do things because of you. They do things because of them.
20.~The happiest people I know keep an open mind to new ideas and ventures, use their leisure time as a means of mental development, and love good music, good books, good pictures, good company and good conversation.
if you care to share, do any of the statements above speak to you? a few years ago (thanks to dr phil, i must say) i realized how true #19 is. once i changed my perspective about what drives people’s actions, the handling of certain situations became a lot easier. and i totally believe in #11 – never give up on a goal.
will you be setting goals or making any resolutions on january 1st? last year, i set out eleven goals for 2011 (recap coming on sunday, january 1st). this year, i am putting all my eggs in the kikiproject basket instead of making any resolutions!