On the eve of my final year before I reach the mid-century mark, I am still stubbornly holding fast to my age being 48. Let’s face it, we are only 48 years old once, one day only. Then we are 48 and a day, 48 and 2 days, 48 and 360 days. We will cling to that year mark with every fiber, until, at last, the day changes, and here I am at 49 years old.
I tend to use my birthday as a back-up New Year’s Day, with another shot at being better at something, at anything. In reality, every day is a new day and a new chance to change.
So, here on my New Day, I have set my sights on this goal: I will.
Humpf. Two tiny words doesn’t sound that awe-inspiring or groundbreaking, does it? These two words could make all of the difference in my life, however. So many times I hear these words coming from my mouth: “I can’t help it.” Somewhere I read this little quip – I can’t means I Certainly Am Not Trying. Really, what most of us mean when saying I can’t is that I won’t.
Obviously, I actually can’t help some things. I can’t help it who my parents are; I can’t help it what race or ethnicity I am; I can’t help it that I am almost 49 years old.
However, I can help many aspects of my life and the lives of others, and my goal is that I will. Three things that I can control and that are my focus are
My attitude is what I make it; no matter what the action is, my reaction is my own doing. I have been through a lot of trials in my life that I would never wish on anyone else, and some of the memories still affect me today. I can choose to let these situations overtake my life and drive me down into a hole of self-pity, self-loathing and despair. I can also take these circumstances and use them to bless someone else who has gone through or is going through similar times. I will have an attitude that blesses and encourages others and myself.
My outreach consists mainly of my work through blogging and Facebook pages that I manage, along with various groups which I am a part of, both on social media and face-to-face. I need these groups of friends and acquaintances to keep me accountable, to keep me balanced, to keep me sane. I will strengthen my outreach to help myself and others have and live a better life.
My productivity is tied in closely with my outreach. I depend on my personal and business contacts to help spread the word about my blogs and early education website. (Side note: You can help too, by sharing my blog posts with your friends and coworkers – thanks!) My productivity depends on some things that are out of my control, also. I have several issues like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and IBS, that affect my productivity in a negative way occasionally. By developing and keeping control of my attitude and my outreach, I can counteract some of the impact that these health issues have on my work. I can also work on health aspects that influence my physical problems. I need to lose weight, I need to eat healthier, and I need to exercise. I can control these habits, and I will.
Join me on the journey, won’t you?