A chance to start over

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By Carolyn Risner

Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

As 2008 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

What will you do with it?

The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2007 and reflect on what was right with your life.

Take those golden nuggets and place them high on a shelf as goals that you will once again reach or surpass.

Do not be misguided into thinking –This is as good as it gets– and fall into a state of complacency.

There is always something better.

Many of us who find ourselves in a state of contentment, are often selling ourselves short because we quit trying, quit seeking, quit living. There is much to be made of what we have been given but it requires effort. Lots of it.

And then the tough part of the analysis begins.

Take all those things that weren't quite right in 2007 and set in place a plan of action that will either remedy the problem or eliminate the situation.

For me, that will include better organizational skills, saving money, surrounding myself with positive energy and quit fretting so much about what other people think.

Too often I worry about how people I know and love will react to things I say and do . In doing so, I tend to hold back my real feelings, thoughts and ideas and substitute ones that are acceptable to others.

I try to be good and kind. I try to spare other people's feelings. And many times in doing so, I am the one who ends up getting hurt.

And that means I am the one selling myself short and I stifle the chance to be genuine–to be who I really am.

2008 will be the year that I truly attempt to make the most of every day of my life.

Is it a resolution?

Perhaps so if you take the meaning of the word "resolve" –to come to a definite or earnest decision–and know that means a sincere effort and not a half-hearted attempt.

I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to have another day, another chance, to make my life the best it can be. Many will not be as fortunate.

But the chance to start over doesn't have to be next Tuesday. It can and should be now.

Set a goal. Work a plan. Strive for change.

You're worth it.