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Let’s make things simple again, right in time for the New Year!

on December 24, 2010

DISCLAIMER: I try to hold myself to ALL of these suggestions ALL of the time. I try to hold myself accountable and be responsible for my actions.

When we were kids life was easier, right?  I know sometimes it seems that way.  But the truth is life still is easy and it always will be.  The difference is we’re older, and the older we get, the more we complicate things.

When we were kids we saw the world through simple eyes.  We knew what we wanted and had no biases or agendas.  We liked people who smiled.  We avoided people who frowned.  We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired.

As we have grown older our minds have became gradually cluttered by negative influences.  So we have began to hesitate and question our instincts.  When a new obstacle comes up, we stumble and we fall down.  So, we have decided we don’t want to fall again, but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we have avoided it all together. Society reinforces our actions and encouraged us to continue to avoid instead of overcoming and achieving.

As a result, we have eaten comfort food and drank alcohol to numb our minds to avoid these obstacles and problems. We are working late on purpose to avoid unresolved conflicts at home.  We hold grudges, play mind games, and subtly deceive others and ourselves to get ahead.  And when it doesn’t work out, we live above our means, buy things we don’t need, try to get people to think we are something we are not , and drink some more just to make ourselves feel better again. Over the course of time, we have made our lives more and more difficult, and we started losing touch with who we really are and what we really need.

So let’s get back to the basics, shall we?  Let’s make things simple again.  It’s easy. Feel free to make some or all of these your resolutions for the New Year. Here are 15 ways to do just that and just in time for New Years:

1.Don’t assume you know what a person is thinking … Communicate.

2. Pay your bills! They are your bills and YOUR responsibility not your parents, neighbors or Uncles!

3. Get enough sleep every night. A rested mind is a productive mind.

4. Don’t waste your time on jealousy, the only competition you will have is yourself.

5. If you’re not sure, ask someone.

6. Don’t try to please everyone. Do what you know is right.

7. Don’t steal, in no way, form or fashion. If it is not yours then you are NOT entitled to it!

8. Be yourself.

9. Always be honest with yourself and others. If you’re not, people will see right through you!

10. Smile often, even to complete strangers.

11. Live below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. Always sleep on big purchases. Don’t buy things so that people will think you are something you are not (refer back to #9).

12. Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands/hug and move on.

13. Don’t worry too much about what others think of you.

14. Realize the harder you work, the luckier/more blessed you become.

15. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give your grandfather and the same level of patience you would give your child.

Merry Christmas and May God bless you with a Happy New Year! You are all blessing to me and so many around you so take care of yourself!

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One response to “Let’s make things simple again, right in time for the New Year!

  1. Christy Carter says:

    Well said!

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