Sunday, January 13, 2008

Move on to 2008

To bring in 2008

As usual, many people will begin 2008 by pledging to stop something personal. That may be to stop smoking, or to eat healthier or to lose weight. These time honored commitments, however honestly attempted, are rarely followed through to a positive conclusion. There is a better way.

The best way to bring in 2008 is to let go of 2007. However, before letting go, take the time now to reflect back on 2007.

First, look at the “negatives”. What went wrong? What bad decisions were made? What bad moves were made? What would you do over if you had the chance to change something? Now I believe that we make the best decisions possible at the time based on our situation, so I don’t necessarily consider them “bad” choices. On the other hand, looking back at our choices, we can always find decisions made that upon reflecting on them, were not the wisest choices made and we would change them if we could. But we can’t. Let’s call them “learning lessons” and I, personally, have had many learning lessons! We all do. That’s life. That’s being human.

Next, to end the backview on a positive note, look at all the good things that happened to you in 2007. Look at all the positive choices and decisions you made that turned out for the better. I’m sure there are many of them too. Take the time to reflect on and enjoy them. Even the littlest of choices can have major impacts on our lives so enjoy the smallest and simplest of these choices. Remember, you could have chosen the opposite route. Be proud of the good decisions you made.
So, that’s it. Very simply put: leaf back through the book called 2007. What went wrong and what went right. Bad choices and Good decisions. Look good, hard and HONESTLY at them. Learn from the mistakes and build on the positives. Then turn the page. End of chapter. MOVE ON!

These same lessons can be applied to our daily lives. At the end of everyday, reflect honestly on what you did and the choices made. Learn from the mistakes and build on the positives. Remember, we are only human. Then turn the page on the day, put it behind you and MOVE ON!


jim said...

Oy Vay, put it behind us, Amen to that Jon, mi amigo bueno, Amen to what you have said! Great writing too Jon!

jon be me said...

Oh Vay... :)

Rambler said...

hey Jon, nice to move on to 2008..
happy new year buddy..

Anonymous said...

Jeah, jeah,
It was one of the fuckn badest Jears in my live.
Oh wat a lucky day, its going upstairs said the mose, while its in the cats mouth, on the way up.
sorry, dont have installed my translater.

Here a translated verse from Hermann Hesse. In german language it is very present.

Hermann Hesse

As every blossom fades
and all youth sinks
into old age,
so every life's design,
each flower of wisdom,
every good attains its prime
and cannot last forever.
In life, each call the heart
must be prepared courageously
without a hint of grief,
submit itself to other new ties.
A magic dwells in each beginning,
protecting us
tells us how to live.

High purposed we must traverse
realm on realm,
cleaving to none as to a home,
the world of spirit
wishes not to fetter us
but raise us higher,
step by step.
Scarce in some safe
accustomed sphere of life
have we establish a house,
then we grow lax;
only he who is ready
to journey forth
can throw old habits off.
Maybe death's hour too
will send us out new-born
towards undreamed-lands,
maybe life's call to us
will never find an end.
Courage my heart,
take leave and fare thee well

happy new jear
Guenter Hey

jon be me said...

Back at ya Rambler! 2008 will be great.... :)

jon be me said...

Good to hear from you again! Great Hesse quote. I always enjoyed reading his works.
As for YOUR 2007, that is exactly the reason to let it go or else you will spend 2008 looking behind you and that is no way to go through life.

SIEGFRIED, have you read Hesse?

Danke Schön
Machs gut....

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