But today I got my customary locker and had pick of the best machines. The faces around me were all regular’s…like a typical weekend morning.
I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. For the good, I am not a fan of big crowds. For the bad, maybe it means a lot of folks are at the pharmacy getting flu medicines filled.
It’s not my thing to make a New Year’s resolution, but I do like the typical vows that I hear. Promises to eat healthy, exercise, lose weight, quit smoking, join a book club, join a writing group, write a play, write a book, learn to dance, learn to swim, take up yoga, run a marathon, pray, meditate, go back to school, change careers, ask for a raise, clear out clutter, pay off debt, reduce stress, work on anger, slow down, start dating, skydive and take a vacation.
I’m sure there are some people who make New Year’s resolutions and successfully see them through to fulfillment. They are probably the people who possess strong will power.
But most of the time when I hear people tell me of their success stories for changes in their lives it does not involve the calendar and most commonly involves the power of positive thinking, putting faith in God, or 'letting go and letting God', visualizing the future or writing down goals.
Resolutions aside, I try to move about my life as best I can with positive thoughts and faith. Where faith is concerned I do not have an unwavering faith that God will always bring forth what I desire or that I will avoid pain and suffering. It is more along the lines that I have faith I will be able to find comfort and happiness wherever I wind up.
Mainly though, the New Year reminds me of the tricky parallel between life and time. And that while there is often plenty of time for us to achieve our aspirations in life, time can likewise move us by in the click of a finger.
I have a friend who recites mantras to me almost daily. One of her favorites is ‘stay in your lane’. She repeatedly texts and says the phrase as if honking and gesturing at me from behind. For me, it is a reminder not to get sidetracked by others anger, regret, jealousy, judgment, hate or other malice.
Staying in my lane doesn’t mean I cannot stop, pause or even change directions.It just means that the path I choose ought to be plied with happiness, love, friendship and opportunity.
Otherwise, I am just on a bumpy ride with no idea when time is up.
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