Welp, for better or worse 2018 is over. Here’s a few things to ponder and apply to your life so that you can walk right in to 2019 better prepared.
2019 won’t be drama free, but it can contain less of it.
Life contains drama now and then. It doesn't mean you caused, invited it, or associated with it. It's likely that none of it is your doing. Life can just be that way sometimes. You can't always control that.
What you can control, though, is the amount of drama that you attach to the drama itself.
You have the power to calm yourself. You really do.
Talking to everybody and their brother about drama gives it more power and drains you of yours.
You can choose not to stir things up by not talking about it. A lot of life's drama is really at a volume level of a 1 or 2 and we pump up the volume and blow out the speakers on that thing by talking about it too much.
Have you prayed about it as much as you've talked about it?
What's in it for you if you attach drama to a dramatic situation or circumstance? Rather than allowing yourself to get drawn into stressful, whirlwind-ish emotional upheaval, let today be the day that you decide not to panic. Begin to choose to quiet your soul and practice good self care for your own well being.
Take a walk, listen to music. Sing! Work out, dance, drink more water, breathe deeply, eat healthy. Get more rest, hug your children, volunteer. Get a manicure, go the beach or the mountains and if there’s nothing like that where you live go to your favorite place. See a funny movie, volunteer, visit a friend, talk to a horse, read a good book, laugh a lot, speak your love.
Talk with God.
In so doing you will build your own strength while starving the drama of its.
You will feel better and you'll thank yourself later. Really.
2019 will require you to love deeper and bigger than ever before.
Why? Just watch the evening news for that answer. My mother used to sing a lot around the house when I was growing up. Her favorite song sums it up quite nicely.
What the world needs now, is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
Love means including everyone, no matter how different from you they happen to be.
2019 might mean walking away from toxic people.
What? Didn’t you just say to love everyone? Why yes, yes I did. However, you can’t love others effectively if you don’t love yourself. Loving yourself means drawing boundary lines and not allowing toxic people to steal your peace of mind or happiness.
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2019 holds new beginnings for you.
New beginnings can happen to you no matter your age, economic status, religion, gender, or a million other things. If opportunity isn’t knocking down your door, go knock on it’s door! If your ship hasn’t come in yet, what’s stopping you from swimming out to it?
If you have a dream, it will remain a dream until you take the steps necessary to turn it into a goal and walk that goal out to it’s fruition. Writing it down helps.
2019 can be as happy as you make it.
Happiness really is a choice and once you learn that you hold the power to your own happiness, you’ll start to see your life change for the better. Don’t wait for “someday” to be happy.
Break out the good china now. Wear that special perfume just because it’s Tuesday and you’re alive. When life throws you a curve ball, use a different bat. Decide to look at the positive. Decide not to panic. No, we can’t control everything, but we can control our own reactions. Practice self-control and listening to the voice of reason within your mind. Build sand castles, fly kites, breathe fresh air, be child like but refuse to be childish. Life is too short not to be happy, so find your happy and live it each day. If you wake up sad, combat it with beautiful music and make the decision to let go of the negative and focus on what is going right in your life. You can either reflect on two thousand nineteen reasons to be negative or two thousand nineteen reasons to be glad. Your choice will affect everything.
Most of all, don’t forget this one very important truth: You are so very, very loved.
May this be the best year of your life! Happy New Year!