I am now headed into the vortex of Christmas travel. So, I wanted to especially wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you get to sit down and take some time for yourself
And that you feel the joy of this season and the many blessings of a real Christmas!
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And then after Christmas… for our pic o’ day!
Fifteen Ways to Be a Better Person in 2016 caught my eye. The NY Times article was angling a different approach from the usual Here Are My Resolutions. Some of them will probably make you shake your head. I personally like the idea of drinking more coffee and being the boss of my electronic devices!
I had been wrestling with whether to write a resolutions blog, since I know that you haven’t seen any of those recently. (sarcasm warning)
Then, I saw another article by writer Jennifer Connolly Simpler Ways To Be Happier in 2016, that gave me more ideas for the new year. Both of these are definitely worth clicking and reading but this one had more for me! Great ideas on being positive, eating well and taking care of my mental attitude with better choices.
Which leads me to this day…my first day back to work in the new year. It starts with a 7 am doctor’s deposition. So, maybe that has something to do with my rebellion against resolutions. Or maybe the article from the Richmond Times Dispatch that reminded me that Positive thinking surprisingly not so helpful in keeping resolutions. But I head out positively to my morning deposition!!!!
Finally, I close with an obituary thought that I read in December that had true impact on me. A wonderful lady that my wife introduced me to from the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts, had passed away. At the end of the recitation of all the amazing things that she had done in life, there was a final special message at the end. It basically said that instead of giving to a designated charity, she just wanted us to show kindness to each other. That would be a great resolution to really keep.
And for pic o’ day, I wanted to make sure my first pic o’ of 2016 had some real meaning. When I couldn’t satisfy that, I went with a reminder of helping each other. (I realized how hard it is to find a pic o’ with meaning!)
I regularly get asked about my pic o’ day source. That’s a real compliment. It’s a whole lot better than being asked “Why?”. With the new year in mind, I have been receiving some that make me smile. For instance:
Which brings me to three that Leanne circulated throughout our offices, to get us thinking about our New Year’s resolutions.
Maybe these will get you thinking about some 2016 goals… or maybe not so much!