This morning, the first morning of a new year, comes as a relief. I am glad to see 2013 pass--it was one tough year. My mother told me her sister dreaded the odd-numbered years--they seemed to be wrought with pain and overall badness. So my greatest hope for 2014 is that is surpasses 2013 in providing some peace, some joy, and even some boredom.
I am not a big fan of resolutions—they are so often easily broken. But I would like to start thinking of rules to live by. Though rules may be a bit strong—perhaps principles to live by. So here are seven principles I will try to abide to as this year unfurls, bringing its myriad challenges and opportunities and surprises.
1. Remember to breathe before acting or reacting.
2. My words are powerful—use them wisely.
3. Most thoughts are not true, and therefore can be discarded.
4. Every second is sacred—be grateful for each one.
5. I cannot control people or situations, only my reaction to them.
6. Fear is the absence of love.
7. The most important moment is the present one—the last moment cannot be gotten back, and the next one has not yet happened.
Yes, these principles sound very mindful, but mindfulness has gotten me over all the nasty humps and bumps of the past year relatively intact. It's a practice that takes perseverance and patience, and while I have always persistent as a mosquito on blood, I cannot claim patience as one of my virtues. So I will practice and practice and practice, and keep you posted on my progress.
How will you live this year?