What a difference a year can make. About a year ago, I decided to write a blog post daily. While it has not always been easy to think up topics, I have definitely learned and expanded my interests during this exercise. I am not sure if I will continue this blog next year or start a new one, but I will definitely continue writing. Often times people wonder about tomorrow, but they never actually think about how long it takes to actually get to tomorrow. Our days can be broken down into hours, minutes, and seconds, and with each second we have a chance to make a change that we want to see for tomorrow. In order to make the future we want to see tomorrow, we must take a minute to begin working on the hour that will become the day of tomorrow. Each day of this year, as short as they seemed, added up to make the year that we are currently ending. As I look back on this year, I can see plans that blossomed well and others that fizzled out, and I have realized that the only difference between the two is the time that was put into preparation and execution. The plans that turned out well were well prepared and the others were thrown together foolishly. In the year 2016, I am going to make sure that I use the time that I have much more wisely, every second counts and I will treat every second like a fraction of my day rather than time to be wasted. This year went by quickly, as does every year, but that is no reason to let another second pass on working towards your goals and dreams. I am excited for this new year, not because it is new, but because I get another year to grow and improve the world that I live in. Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading along throughout the year.
Don’t let bitterness destroy your life. Bitterness is a feeling that is breed from anger and unforgiveness. Anger is a natural response to being wronged, there is nothing wrong with being angry, it’s how you handle it that defines you. Unforgiveness is when you are unwilling to let the cause of your anger off the hook, when you allow anger to fester in unforgiveness you are left with pure bitterness. A bitter person hates everything, and cannot find happiness, all due to the fact that they could not let an infraction go. I understand there are certain things that may seem unforgivable, but when it is causing bitterness, it becomes a bigger problem than the infraction. The main problem with bitterness is unforgiveness and forgiving is a tough task, quite possibly one of the hardest things to do but it is key to regaining your happiness and relief. A quote comes to mind when I think about unforgiveness, “ Harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison, and expecting your offender to die.” The best thing to do to live a life free of bitterness is to forgive and move on, I know it’s hard, but the amount of relief you get from dropping that bitterness is equal to a lifetime of joy.
Many people workout for many reasons, some do it to stay healthy, some do it to look good, and others do it out of necessity. I like to look at going to the gym and working out as an activity that is fun and should be for everybody, but is not actually for everybody. Now Im not saying people should not workout, I think its very important to stay active. I think people should find the right kind of workout that they can keep up with and stick to, something they enjoy. I personally love working out, I have lost over 100 pounds doing at home workouts. I know many people who swear by at home workouts, I also know many who detest them, the fact that people can have such strong opinions on how others stay active is one of my biggest pet peeves. The human body is a very complex mechanism, many people like to base the limits of all human bodies on their own limits, without taking into account the basic diversities in all humans. I like to use a 300 pound football player as an example, many people would look at this individual and say “he is not fit,” but in most cases this individual can lift more, run faster, and have more endurance than a 160 pound body builder. The training regimens, and diets of each individual are very different, but both men workout regularly and are “fit” in their own right. I believe there is no “one right way” to workout, and people need to find what works for them, what works for their body and do it. I do not think the gym is for everybody, many people cannot find the time to go, or feel uncomfortable asking others how to use the different equipment. I am not going to say going to the gym will not work since any new level of activity, when done correctly, will produce results, but I will say it is best to research what ever regimen you decide to begin. I always say “preparation breeds success,” and the best way to get to any level of achievement is proper preparation. I will close this post by saying, if you want to work out, do it your way. There is nothing more annoying than an unpaid unwanted personal trainer criticizing your fitness choices.
Many people expect change to just happen, they rarely think about the fact that change takes some level of work. Consider the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly, the creature must first intake enough food to endure the stay in the cocoon then it must craft the cocoon to facilitate its change.
Step one of making a “new you” is actually deciding who you are going to be, then taking the appropriate steps to plan out how you can become that person. If you want to get in shape, get on a workout plan, nothing kills goals like lack of preparation. The next step should be making small changes that get you closer to your final goal. The benefit of reaching these small goals is it helps keep you motivated while keeping your destination in mind. I will leave you with this, whatever you want to do this year, make sure everything counts toward your future and leads to where you want to be. I will be dropping a short blog here everyday so check daily, or weekly. Thanks for reading.