We tip toed into this New Year with cautious optimism and hope. Aware of hard realities, we listen and learn from others’ perspectives. We honor Martin Luther King, Junior, who remarked, “I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.” We embrace those values.
On New Year’s Eve, our youngest whispered with gratitude and wisdom. “This will be a great year,” he said. We commit to do our best. We delight when our boys start their homework on their own. When our oldest carries the heavy boxes full of fragile decorations for his grandparents with a sweet smile, our hearts fill with joy.
We also learn from humbling teachable moments. We strive for self-discipline and reflect. We challenge ourselves to pause with compassion to slow down a potential reaction. We focus on our values, e.g., love, unity, discipline, equality, inclusion, peace, justice, and respect.
Today, my husband elaborated on the attributes and flaws of various football players with our boys. “Over time, the players’ attitude, behavior, and commitment establish their brand. Referees may respond to well-known players with their character in mind.”
As we consider the big picture, simple everyday choices and actions reinforce our foundation. We slow down with meditation and yoga. We challenge dear friends to daily step and wellness challenges with apps to track our progress. We cheer on our parents who also track their steps with their Apple watches. We adapt and evolve with change.
How do you envision the New Year? Despite some cold days in Chicago and occasional bleak news and setbacks, we savor the sunshine, and kindness. The late Maya Angelou remarked, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” To embrace the beauty of simple pleasures, we conserve our energy with forgiveness and love. Best wishes for a New Year of good health, joy, and love. XO