End of Year Perspective


As we near the end of 2017, I’m sure many of you are counting down to the New Year. For many, a new year symbolizes a fresh start. For others, a new year represents another chance to do things differently.

Scroll through social media and you’ll find some posts filled with anticipation: “2018 Will Be My Best Year Ever!,” and other posts loaded with regret: “This year has been awful! I can’t wait for this year to end!”

I don’t know where you fall on that spectrum. However, I do know that waiting for a new year to do things differently won’t change a thing. Just like waiting for Christmas Break, won’t solve all your problems. Even the gift you hope to receive from your significant other won’t do the trick. 

Why? Because change begins with you, and happiness does too.

We overlook the many blessings of yesterday and today waiting and wishing for a better tomorrow.  I understand the concept of hope. However, I also comprehend the power of perspective.

Could things be better? Definitely!

Are their choices that I regret making? No doubt!

Yet, I know that if I exert all my energy on not being where I want to be, and not having what I want, I will fail to realize the great things I do have. 

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
— Alphonse Karr

Perspective is our approach to the things that we experience in life.  My hope for you is that you don’t forsake the good because you chose to focus only on the bad.

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