2017 has almost come to an end. Like most of the people around it was a roller coaster ride for me as well. The passing year brought an equal amount of happiness and sorrows in my life.
To start off with 2017, my youngest brother got married and is now father to a daughter. I lost my mother due to a life long illness of Polycystic Kidneys which later resulted in multiple organ failure. My freelance work wasn’t doing well and in the last quarter of year I got the opportunity of working for a very good organization with cherry on top I got a chance of working for a very good boss too.
My point, life is a ride of up and down the hill, sometimes you are at the top shining with no worries and sometimes you are hitting the rock bottom with no way out. Sometimes, your path is paved for you and sometimes you have to struggle very hard to get out of a situation but eventually everything sorts out because nothing lasts forever.
I made a list of my new year resolution and maybe you can relate to it too.
1. Practicing Meditation
Believe me or not but meditation is scientifically proven to have numerous benefits. Starting to list down a few, it helps you improve and maintain a good mood, it is a very good practice to reduce stress and at the same time it helps in reducing anxiety.
Also, it helps one with improving the function of the brain resulting in better decision making and self-control. Practicing meditation is quite simple and can easily be learned by doing a little research online.
Once you know how to practice and start practicing, you will soon realize how it actually is helping you in becoming calmer and is bringing a positive change in your personality.
2. Book Reading as New Hobby
Besides listening to music, watching every new movie that releases, playing games on the computer and Facebook, late night snacks and many more, I plan to choose to have at least one new hobby. I do have book reading in mind. It’s been over a decade since I lost touch with my reading side. I am only focused to reading what’s related to my profession but I plan to change this.
A good book is a good companion and a good learning experience. I bet most of you will agree with making book reading a part of my new year resolution list.
3. Stay in Shape
Alright, this one isn’t as important to me as it is for some people since I already have a routine of going for brisk walks which helps in maintaining a good physical shape but some of us need to put this in the new year resolution list on a very serious note.
In my very personal opinion, our body is a gift from the Lord and we have a duty of taking good care of it. In the long run, exercising helps the body in staying away from multiple diseases, especially cardiac diseases, keeps the skin young and as some would say, delays the aging process. So, to keep looking good, we must have this one on the list.
4. Be Grateful for What I Have
The human race is an ungrateful creation. Some might disagree but I have witnessed people and at times found myself being very ungrateful about how blessed our lives are.
Unfortunately, blessings these days are weighed with the amount of money we have. Peace of mind, having a family and other related blessing is taken for granted.
We should be able to see from the perspective of the person who owns less than what we have, only then we will be able to realize how blessed we are and we should be far more grateful than we normally are.
5. Be Nice to Everyone and Spread Happiness
Everyone is fighting a battle of their own. The battle can be financial, emotional, with the family etc. Wining or losing doesn’t matter since these battles never tend to end and if someone tells you that they have a perfect life with no worries then they are definitely lying to you. We just have no idea what is happening in other people’s lives and for the same we need to be really nice to other people.
I would say, be extra nice to people you don’t know. You have no idea what they are going through and your kind act may brighten just a few moments for them.
We have heard the saying “Tit for Tat” or “What goes comes around”, in simple words, being nice to people will result in people being nice to you and that I can guarantee because no good action is ever wasted. Let’s make it one of the resolutions for new year that we will spread happiness everywhere we can.
6. Fix the Broken Relationships
We all have some unfinished business with our relationships. This could be with family, friends, colleagues or neighbors etc. No matter what, there is always someone who we aren’t talking to because of maybe a misunderstanding or a genuine mistake from us or their side.
There is no point in bringing a long pause in repairing the relationship. As stated by the wise, forgiving or asking for forgiveness shouldn’t make you feel less of you; a human being able to do this carries a big heart. It’s the virtue of the brave.
Let’s all take a look back and see if we have left any friends along the way, if we have any family member we’ve cut ties with, do we have an unhappy colleague or is there anyone who we need to go speak with? If yes, then we shall do that within this year and very soon.
The above is a few from my very long list of the new year resolutions and I am sure they are common with a lot of people. What is on your list?