Now that Christmas has passed and the New Year is just around the corner I am sure the resolutions are in the making as well. In the past I have written about how to set and achieve goals such as weight loss. Today I am going to write about a different types of goal.
We spend a great deal of money and time on Christmas. We spend a great deal of money and time attempting to have the right home in the right school district. We spend a lot of time and money-getting the perfect hair color, making sure we fit into the right size, enrolling our children in all the proper activities, moving up the corporate ladder, and the list goes on and on. We spend a great deal of our time and money, OUR ENERGY, on material or ego driven ideas. The problem with this is that we are often never satisfied and in a perpetual state of “doing.”
This year I have been blessed with many events that lead me to see Christmas through different eyes. I don’t see New Year’s Resolutions with the same vision of the past either. Although I am firm believer in the process of setting goals and the proven success strategies that I teach, this year my resolutions are a different type of New Year’s Resolutions.
This year I want more love, forgiveness, and appreciation. To receive more love, forgiveness, and appreciation I am going to give more love, forgiveness, and appreciation. The very specific ways and action steps I will take include writing who and what I love and who and what I am thankful for. I will write the specific details and I will read, state aloud, or add to the list daily. I am going to learn to forgive by remembering all the good those who have hurt me have done for me. Every time I catch my mind thinking those negative thoughts I am going to cancel them and replace them with good affirming ones. I am going to write lists of the steps I need to take daily by the Friday, December 31st so that I can achieve my goal of being and having more love, forgiveness, and appreciation.
The following prayer can be used as a reminder of the things that really matter. The tricky part is practicing them on a daily basis :). Contact Amy @ firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi
Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Oh, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek,
To be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving, that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying (the false self), that we are born
To Eternal Life