My year started off with turning 60. In the months leading up to this momentous birthday I thought of how unsettling it felt to have more life behind me than I had in front of me. Now with 61 just a few weeks away I realize just living each day is the most important thing, not thinking of how many days one has left, but the quality of the day you are in.
During 2019 as a country we are still divided politically and I could go off on why I think that is, but I don’t want to waste my breath, thoughts or my life on most things and events that seem to be out of my control. All I can do is focus on making my immediate surroundings as positive and loving as possible. I can make an effort to smile at a stranger, wish someone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I can hug the people close to me and let them know how much they mean to me. I can make sure I exercise my right to vote to try to make changes I feel are important. I can make changes to impact my carbon footprint. I could go on and on.
But, the most important thing I can do is just live in the moment. Each day awake with a sense of purpose, joy and peace. Whatever the day brings to me I will live it with truth, dignity and love. By doing this each day I live happiness. Happiness is not something you find, it is something you live, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in. I am grateful for the arthritic aches as it reminds me I have lived and I am still alive to enjoy what life brings my way. I plan less and less and just live each day the best I can. I want to be more compassionate going forward and this is always a work in progress. As humans, especially in today’s social media climate we tend to be very judgmental. I am trying to make every effort to hold my opinions and just listen.
In closing, I want to wish everyone reading this to live, not find true happiness in your life and I hope 2020 is your best year yet.
Happy New Year