Happy New MeBy Charlie McCormick | December 28th, 2011 | Category: Important Stuph | Comments Off
People had put together lists like that, but the vast majority of these Bucket Lists involved a bucket load of cash. I still want to try and do a universal bucket list like I envisioned – which did not involve a bucket of cash- but it would take more time than I have….guess it goes on my own personal bucket list.
Then I moved on to a list of virtues, thinking of Ben Franklin’s list of virtues might be a good starting point…but that was sort of a snore, and not really my thing. I mean, Ben was writing for a different era, and I also don’t think he necessarily lived by his list – to his credit.
Then I thought about 10 things that can make you a better person. This seemed to have some potential, but really did not see anything I fancied too much. I want to be a better person, but I also want to live and have fun.
So, while I stole a couple of ideas that I really liked, most of the list is stuff I came up with on my own.
Below is the end product….
12 Things for a Better New You Year
Be More Curious
Wonder more about things. Whether it’s art, music, politics or science, be more curious. Ask a few additional “whys” and then go seek the answers.
Make a Pilgrimage
A pilgrimage is usually associated with a holy place, but you can define your own. Maybe it’s your hometown where you grew up, a place off in the woods, the sea shore, or an historical site. It’s the journey, the purpose, that counts, so create your own pilgrimage.
Memorize Some Verses
There are a lot of great short poems which are easy to memorize; or perhaps just memorize some poetic or sacred verses that inspire you the most. It’s nice to be able to recite inspiring words for both yourself and others.
Be An Artist
Create something, anything. Take a great photograph, write a poem, build something with your own hands, sing, it’s about being a creator.
You don’t have to call someone on the phone and say, “I forgive you” – that actually might piss them off. But you can forgive someone in your own heart. It will make you feel better and they don’t have to know about….But if it helps, call them and tell them.
Recognize Someone’s Achievements
Giving recognition to another person is really important. Everyone in life struggles one way or another, so it’s nice to recognize another person’s achievements – big or small – it’s all good.
Enjoy Nature More
Everyone talks about nature, but we’re often to busy to really enjoy it. If you can, take a walk in the woods, swim, roll around in the grass. If you’re less physically inclined, meditate on a tree, a bird, the sun, the moon and the stars.
History is what we pass on to the next generation. If you are watching an old movie, an old TV show, or just reminiscing, share some history with others – older or younger.
Offer Something to Someone
We often offer to help someone when we see or hear they need it, but offer something out of the blue. Surprise someone. It may be to help out with something, or maybe just go to a movie or go out together. Make an offer.
Laughing is good for your mind, body and soul. Some health gurus advise at least 10 minutes of belly laughter throughout the day. If nothing strikes your fancy and makes you laugh, then think of something funny from the past; if you can’t think of something funny – then just laugh at nothing.
Talk to Someone New
A lot of us are shy, and that keeps us circling our same social circle. Sometimes 2 to 5 minute conversations can make up for an entire lousy day. Don’t over analyze it, just share an observation, a thought, a moment, and see what happens.
Say I Love You More Often
-Say “I love you” more often to those you normally say it to, and say it a little more often to some people you normally don’t. Even if it’s just a jocular, “I love you, man”, it still carries a positive feeling.