It continues to amaze me how much our everyday choices affect our home, work, relationships, health and ultimately our life. So many things in the world are out of our control.
Yet just as many are within it:
We don’t have control over how another person drives but we decide if we get in the car with them.
We don’t have control over someone else’s anger. We decide if we want that person in our life.
We don’t have control over the weather. We decide where we live.
We don’t have control over the price of gas. We decide what type of car we drive and how much gas we use.
We don’t have control over the final decision on who becomes President of the USA. We choose how we think and speak about him and weather or not we support him.
Working isn’t a choice for most of us yet we choose what type of work, our work place and attitude towards work.
We don’t decide who are next door neighbors are yet we choose to get along with them or not or move.
As adults we choose what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat.
We have no control over our nation’s health plan yet we choose to exercise and eat healthy or not.
We can’t control many life events yet we decide how we react, if we want support and how to deal with stress.
So many things about our children’s behavior are out of our control. We decide what kind of role models to be and what consequences we give.
We each have the same amount of time. We choose what we do with it.
The New Year is creeping up on us. Is there something you want to change?
Last October I decided to cut down in every area of my spending. And I did it. I decided not to be so wasteful.
I’ve always been a bookaholic. I decided I would begin going to the library regularly instead of purchasing so many books. Check!
We lived in a very small home while raising our children. My husband and I had a shared chest of drawers for our clothing. My husband took the top 3 and I had the bottom two. We also had a very small closet. He had the left side I had the right.
Then the children left home, we had more money and I had way too many clothes. I decided I would begin wearing my clothes out. I stopped shopping so much. This was huge for me. Check!
One day I decided to calculate how much I was spending on designer coffee. Yikes! I decided I would cut that nonsense out of 2009. This was one of the more difficult habits to break.
I found when I’m under stress I head for a coffee shop. My plan was to break the habit entirely. Uncheck! Instead I cut way back.
I also wanted to do strength training regualarly. Auuggghhh! Uncheck.
Currently I do it twice a week. However when I travel I don’t do it at all. I travel a lot.
Every year I succeed in making some changes. Multiplied over my life time they’ve added up.
Some don’t believe in New Year Resolutions. That’s fine. You don’t have too. We’re free to make our choices and changes any day of the year.
What changes have you made over the past year?
What would you change if you knew you would succeed?
What change in your life are you the most proud of?
What do you want differently for 2010?