A fresh, clean slate

What was the thing you felt most guilty about in 2009? Do you wish you could go back and do things differently? Did you say things to someone at work or at home that you wish you could take back? Did you go to Starbucks one too many times and spend money on calories that you know were not good for you?

I am guilty. I do regret some things I did in 2009, words of anger or malice that I said, and even the glorious, sinful calories that I consumed as a Starbucks junkie! haha! BUT!!! I cannot go back and change things. I don’t have the magic wand to repeat the past. However, I do have the opportunity to write a new story on my fresh, clean slate of 2010! What an exciting new page in my life story!

What are your goals for 2010? Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Or are you more of the cynical type who wants to just see what happens by chance each day? We are all different and have unique approaches to starting a new year. There’s nothing wrong with resolutions or cynical outlooks because we all have those moments at times, too. Therefore, how can we actually make wise goals and reach them this year? How can we take the right steps so we don’t look back in remorse on 2010?

Here are some fun tips that I believe will help us all!

1. Love yourself for who you truly are. Don’t make outlandish goals that will be impossible for you to reach. You are not going to become Halle Berry or Brad Pitt! That’s unrealistic and not fair to you. You are uniquely beautiful and handsome. Cherish your good qualities!

2. Love others more than yourself. This is tough. But, when you truly decide to serve others out of genuine love and selflessly provide for their well-being, then you actually in turn will love yourself more, too. It’s a win-win situation!

3. Learn patience. This is an on-going lesson! Ha! Don’t expect others to know what you’re thinking all the time and meet your every whim. Be more patient with others and with yourself. My toughest task is usually to be patient with myself because I am a perfectionist and want to be the best. Ha! That will never happen! Perfectionists will fail every time. We are not made to be perfect because we are human.

4. Embrace differences. Learn more about other cultures, peoples’ backgrounds, and refine how you converse with others about differing opinions and values. Stand for what you believe is right, but don’t destroy others because of their views. Love them for their heart and soul.

5. Listen more. This is so hard! I am quite a talker and writer as you can tell from my articles, and I have learned many difficult, painful lessons about listening. Don’t speak too quickly and listen to a conversation first before injecting your thoughts or opinions. You will be wiser and more respected for it in the long run.

6. Savor each moment and morsel. DON’T DIET THIS YEAR!!! You probably think I’m crazy, but I encourage you to not try a new diet and instead teach yourself to enjoy each morsel of food. The French are brilliant with food! They eat butter, cream, and fat in every meal, yet they are slender and healthy. They have learned the art of cooking savory meals that have rich flavors and fill you quickly. You will lose weight if you pay attention more to what you eat and knowing when you are satisfied. Savor each moment with others, too. Take delight in those around you because those wonderful times will quickly pass you by.

I hope that these tips help you as much as they will for me in 2010. You are a valuable person who has a beautiful, clean slate in front of you for 2010. What will you do with it? Will you draw closer to others, embrace more of your unique identity, or draw closer to God? It’s our choice. Let’s start today!

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~ by Jennifer M. Bittinger on January 5, 2010.

2 Responses to “A fresh, clean slate”

  1. Mmmmm I do love the French and their meals. They last about 3 hours for dinner but it is awesome! 🙂

  2. Nice post. Many thanks.

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