Principle #7 – Choose to be Unstoppable-Be the Change

The holidays have come and gone! We wait so long for the holidays to get here, but they are over so quickly. Beginning a new year can be exciting. We have a clean slate and can start a new way of being. The holidays are a special time of year that reminds us of what’s important. They are full of giving and goodwill toward each other. As we start this year, let’s keep this spirit alive. And make this a year of hope and love.

My holidays were spent with my beautiful family. We opened presents, played games, laughed, and ate…a lot! My grandson got rollerblades from his Aunt Cindy the Great (he actually calls her “the great”) and Aunt Dana. He was a happy little boy and skated around the house for a week! When my daughters were young, I never let them skate in the house, so maybe I spoil my grandson a little, or perhaps a lot! He gives me so much joy, and I want him to be happy.

“You transform all who are touched by you. Mundane concerns, trouble, and sorrows dissolve in your presence, bringing JOY.” – Rumi

I’m inspired by the new year. It’s exciting to know that we get to decide how we want to live it! My new year’s resolution is to live with hope. Maybe it’s just me, but last year was challenging because of the atmosphere of the country and the pandemic. Oh my gosh…this pandemic just keeps on going!!! This year, I hope that we can control the pandemic, overcome the toxic environment, and move forward with kindness and love for all.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis

Our new year started with a bang…literally! My husband and I celebrated the new year by watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve and when the ball dropped, so did the fireworks in my neighborhood. I felt that other people were also celebrating the hope of a new year.

We were fortunate to have beautiful and warm temperatures throughout the holidays. Then…the winter storm came. Like many of you, we had rain and wind and even snow. We lost our power for thirteen hours, but it was great! I got to spend quality time with my husband! He fired up the generator and plugged in the refrigerator, coffee maker, and Cindy and Dana’s trailer, Athena. I checked on my neighbors, pulled out our camping gear and extra blankets. We heated chili on our induction burner and had a fantastic time.

“Life is all about perception. Positive versus negative. Whichever you choose will affect and more than likely reflect your outcomes.” – Sonya Techlai, Singer and Songwriter

We are surrounded by beauty and goodness, but we may forget to notice it. I want to see the positive with the wonder of a child. And I want to recognize the kindness of people. I’m going to strive to share my compassion to lift people upwards. And to be gracious and overlook faults…because goodness knows, I have my share of shortcomings too.

“Peace on Earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice

Can you imagine what our world would be like if we kept the spirit of the holidays alive every day of the year? I know the struggles of life are real, but even when it may be hard, treating everyone with kindness and respect changes the world. We can be that change…let’s do it! I’m game…how about you? I wish you hope, peace, joy, and a healthy new year!

Freedom is possible!


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