So what the hell happened to 2011? I feel like it went so fast, if you blinked, you missed it. I feel like that was the fastest year in my adult life. But no matter whether the past year zoomed by or mosey-ed along at a crawl for you, here we all are at the start of a brand new year.
I love the New Year. It’s a time where we can wipe our slates clean and do the things we never got around to doing the previous year. It is a time of optimism and anticipation. People are re-energized and are living life with this, “I’m gonna make things happen!” attitude. I’m no exception. While I don’t have a laundry list of resolutions, I do have one goal for 2012: to love completely and unconditionally. During this past year, I noticed on more than onenbsp;occasion that I was being very “me-centric.” I was looking at what others did or said with the attitude of, “How does this affect me?” “I don’t think that person was being fair to me.” Me me me me me. I can tell you from personal experience that looking at life through those glasses leads you to nit-pick and over-analyze EVERYTHING, and in the end all you’re left with is bitterness and a headache. It’s really no way to live.

This year I want to try to change that. There’s more to life than just me and my little world. There are people out there who have it way worse than I do, who may be struggling to find a job or who may be battling depression.The way I see it is if I put all that energy I spent trying to figure out who or what offended me in some way into actually reaching out and helping someone, I could do so much more good than what I’m currently doing now (which is nothing). So for 2012, my goal is to take the me out of the equation and to live my life motivated by a genuine, unconditional love for others. I will most likely fail at this, but the flip-side is that if I keep trying, something will eventually stick.

Here’s to a healthy, happy, and successful 2012. Good luck with your goals and resolutions.

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