Experiencing Life in 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Amy Henthorn under Top 5 List, Uncategorized
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Bill Watterson: Calvin & Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

New Year’s Resolutions

So long, thirteen… here comes a new year and our annual duty to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the past twelve months.  What is it, exactly, that I want to do differently this year?  What goals am I going to set for myself to live a happier, healthier, more successful 2014?

I am a terrible goal setter.  It drives my husband crazy because I cannot dream about the future.  If I have a goal, I want it done NOW.   So, when it comes to setting New Year’s Resolutions, I find myself wanting to make a plan to get there ASAP.  Blame it on working in the funeral industry, but this year, my resolution is to live…to live more… to live better… to live. Every day.

So, being who I am, I started looking at some opinions on how to live life to fullest, making the most of every day.  Here are some of my favorite suggestions:

Make Good Memories

“Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone;
and do not be troubled about the future,
for it has yet to come. Live in the present,
and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering”  Ida Scott Taylor

I want the good memories to crowd out everything else from the past… then no matter what happens tomorrow I can smile about the memories of today!

 

Keep it Simple

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.  A.A. Milne

Soccer, cello, clubs, play dates… if I have to schedule in down time, then I will call it planned spontaneity, but I don’t ever want to underestimate the power of simplicity.  How many quiet conversations, coloring books, or snuggle times have I already missed?

 

Live Through It

“Let everything happen to you-
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”  Rainer Maria Rilke

Let’s face it, stuff happens.  When I’m in the middle of a mess, all I can think about is getting out of it as fast as possible.  What I tend to forget is that every emotion is a gift.  If I do not feel, I am lifeless.  So I will own it, breathe it, live it.  Good or bad, it won’t last forever.

 

Dress Yourself

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”  Groucho Marx

A smile is always a choice….even if it’s fake and awkward, I can put it on and I can wear it.  My circumstances do not ever have to define me.   I will choose happiness.

 

Don’t Wait

“Preparing to live your dream is postponing it. You are either living it, or not.”  Alan Cohen

I might not be living the life I exactly had planned.  I might not have the career, or the house, or the things I thought I would have.  But I refuse to ever again say, “It will be better when…”  I am blessed beyond belief, and I have been given this day to LIVE!

What resolutions have you made this year, or what suggestions do you have for living life to the fullest?

Amy Henthorn

Amy is a Columbus native with a Journalism degree from Otterbein University. She came to Schoedinger in 2009 as a chapel administrator, and is currently the advance planning coordinator. She enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her family.

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