New Year’s New beginnings. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
I know it’s a little too late to write about this – most especially if you are one of those who just broke most of your resolutions by now. Well I apologize if this came in a little late than expected but I was finishing off my final exams and papers (discipline) before I get to my next blog. I agree it may be late as January is almost over but I would like to reiterate that it’s never too late weather it is to start something or even finishing off something. (In line to my previous blog Plant that seed and nourish it well https://itsoniasblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/plant-that-seed-and-nourish-it-well-2/)
I remember last year January 2013 I decided that I will not buy a planner because I felt I did not need one. (ha-ha! silly for me to think such as I am a very OC person) and you must be like.. hmm why? Well I just bought an IPhone that time and I felt I can manage without buying a planner.. Well.. WRONG! By April of 2013 I was held up and there went my IPhone. Yes my planner. My details and my everything and eventually by June i was all messy with my schedule and yes in June I decided it was time to buy a planner. As silly as it sounds half of the year passed and it was only that time I felt to buy a planner even the woman at the cashier giggled and I simply smiled and said it’s never too late to start anything” but wait that’s not my point.
SO going back to resolutions Yes I was one of those waaaay back decided to have a top 5 resolution list and by Jan 1 or 2 I broke most of them well I am sure I am not alone.
It is only now I realized why I never got passed the first week of Jan.
1. Because my resolutions were just too high and hard to achieve
2. It was not realistic
3. Because I did not have a plan on how to execute those resolutions
bottom line: never got it.
But you must be thinking what now. I am sure we all read a million articles about dos and don’ts of resolutions and new lifestyle hmm … here..
How about if I propose a new way?
Revolution – A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turn around”)
Revolution that’s the word I want to dwell with and encourage you to open your minds and accept that revolution is not all about negativity. Revolution is all it takes is a letter to change the word the concept and the meaning.
Revolution is about starting something new, which has not been done before it’s about fighting for what you believe in its about challenging oneself in doing and most importantly standing by in what you believe in and keeping strong or being determined for change. Brave and strong words huh? But it all boils down to one thing. Taking action.
January 1 2014. I had some quiet time and just opened up the bible. After reading for a bit, this one really jumped out and spoke to me strongly and I believe I need to share this with all of you Romans 12 9-16 NIV
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
After reading this the whole concept of resolutions changed to that one letter – yes! Revolution. Fight for the good and fight for the right. At the end of the day all that matters is were u a good person? Did you touch lives for the good?
The verses above yes they seem to sound too good to be true and yes they also sound too overwhelming but I want you to understand that it is not you alone who can do it but if you have a plan – a plan to execute and make this come into actions then yes this will all become achievable. How u ask?
Simple in having a plan you make steps achievable steps weather that’s sharing your food or giving someone the time and advise or support yes it will all make a difference, you don’t have to make it seem a yearly thing but more on a daily thing something to develop into a habit and eventually becomes natural.
I would like to encourage you that I do practice what I preach – practical example where I evidently applied the verse 14 – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. With all honesty it was real hard. But it somehow begins to develop as a habit. This year started off with some broken friendships where I was misunderstood, mislead, and even deceived honestly it’s so easy to just fight back say foul words but why? Why will I do that when I can choose my thoughts and choose to simply pray for that the person to be guided to do what is right and may he or she be forgiven. Never easy but very rewarding, I have witness definitely no less than a miracle I have not only restored friendships over time but also developed an even stronger bond so to speak. I have seen those friends change over time and on top of that I simply had the blanket of peace in my heart. With this being said I encourage you not to just make resolutions this year but start a revolution in your heart to generally be a good person.
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