Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Many people look towards the new year as a new start to their old habits. Nonetheless, I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year! 🙂

It’s become routine really – this new year’s resolution thing, where most vow on certain goals and usually give up on them before the seasonal sales are over. I don’t like starting my year in such a boring, outdated fashion. I take the first week to reflect on everything that’s come to pass during the last year. I analyze all the things that did not work and what I have learned from them, as well as all the good things that I should be grateful for. In the past, I’ve started a few years saying “Thank God that epidemic of the year is over, now I can finally start lucky and happy again :)” and its usually those years that have turned out to be worse than the worst. 😦

I’ve been reading and watching a lot of learning material lately, whether that be on philosophy, good habits, literature or mainstream education. One of the most important things I have learned while watching a documentary called “Compass” is gratitude. (FYI – it took me 3 long weeks to get through this documentary and was quite often tempted to switch to something more interesting) BUT I G.I.Joe‘d through it and am quite happy because they do touch on a lot of topics regarding personal development. By showing gratitude towards things, you not only appreciate the opportunity of having them in your life but you also increase the effort you put into accomplishing a task/goal/objective.

I will not go into details of how pious it makes you feel by being thankful for everything in your life, I will save that for my speech at a retirement home 😛 but do try it! I never thought that these feel good mantras work, maybe not a 100% but it’s better than being hard on yourself. Focussing on the positive aspects of your life helps you derive a vote of confidence that can never be realized by an over-scrutinizing pessimist. So start your day by showing gratitude, work your way with a positive attitude and elevate your success to a higher latitude. haha that’s the cleanest rhyme ever 😛 weeeee

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” – Joey Adams