The year is coming to it's end. We have all survived the Mayan Calender. We have seen all types of disasters and sorrow. But we have also seen so many wonderful things as well.
Yesterday I had a conversation with a dear frined who told me her family's resolution tradition and I thought it was wonderful. They each choose a word to represent the upcoming year. Then they work towards that word. She explained that it is nice to work towards something that is positive instead of sometimes impossible. I know that through the years...most of use make resolutions on New Years Eve and by the day after New Years it is already broken. Things like: I am going to exercise more, I am going to go on a diet, ect. I thought long and hard about what word I would use for my resolution. She said that they use words like "SIMPLIFY", "AGGREEABLE", ect. What a nice thing to think about. That is something tangible to work towards. After sitting and thinking of words...and how could we not come up with some...I came up with "WONDER", "IMAGINE"," DREAM", "CREATE", HELP", "UNDERSTAND". These are all words in which I could definitely relate to. And then I thought about the year. At least the year that I have had...the year the world has had and decided that the word for me this year is "BELIEVE". What fascets of my life could this apply to? Many! I can believe in myself, believe in God. Believe in mankind, Believe in my family, Believe in Santa. Believe in my future. The list goes on. I think that this word is a positive beginning for life. So many things that we do not, or cannot see....we still believe are there. Air, love, joy, compassion, creativity. The biggest challenge will be to Believe in ME!! It's the word that will make my dreams come true. It is the word that will create my happiness, create a better world.
When we had our conversation, it brought up something that I had previously written about how we are what we eat. And sometimes it is not the food we eat. We have all heard the expression "If only I could eat my words" Well, sometimes we do eat the words and become what they are. And sometimes our diets are not what they should be. So I looked at the ABC's of dieting and came up with the following.
I learned that I fed myself the alphabet. I ate anger, bitch, controlling, defiant, egotistic, fearful, guilty, hateful, insensitive, jealousy ,know it all, lecturer, malicious, needy, opinionated, perfectionistic, quarrelsome, rude, stubborn, unrealistic, vicious, worrisome, X-asperating, yeller, zero. After eating all that , it was no wonder that I became sick to my stomach with everything ….And to be happy is healthy!.... I now eat the alphabet differently…I eat accomplished, blessed ,cheerful, dynamic, enthusiastic, fortunate, genuine, honest, inspired, joyous, lucky, motivated, nice, optimistic, positive, qualified, respected, spiritual, truthful, valuable, worthy, young at heart, X-illerated, zealous. They say you are what you eat…and I choose to eat healthy…become happy. And I would rather be happy than be right over any situation….as long as I can be right and "Believe" in myself.
So I guess the New year will be back to basics. My wish for each of you is that you learn to "BELIEVE" in yourself and in mankind. The world will hopefully be a much better place to live in.
Here is a story relating to this whole idea.
A Farmer's Lesson In Life
A farmer won a first prize at the country fair for his huge radish that was the exact shape and size of a quart of milk bottle. Many were curious as to how the farmer was able to grow this radish that was the exact shape of a milk bottle.
Finally one gentleman went up to the farmer and asked the question. The farmer replied, "It was easy. I got the seed growing and then I put it into the milk bottle. It had nowhere else to go."
You can use this story as an analogy to life - our lives are shaped by the kind of surroundings we place ourselves in, the people that we allow to influence us, and the goals we give ourselves.
These Are Key Ingredients
If we only dream and take no action. then we get no further. But if we plan, set a goal and take action then our life takes a different shape
On a storytelling note, I am please with the up and coming schedules. I am excited to say that my "Love in Bloom" program....the life and loves of Jack Benny has been very well received and a number of booking are already on the calendar for the new year. The Hanky program is also on the calendar. I am working on a Black History program for an upcoming event. I have researched some wonderful new stories that can touch the heart and awaken the mind.
I will return to writing some of my childhood stories for a book and "BELIEVE" that this will be the year to get some published.
As always, I look forward to you comments. Any sharing of stories is always welcome.
Hope you have a fabulous New Year and ring it in with love, joy and hope. I "BELIEVE" that is it for today.