Welcome to 2022. WOW, what a crazy thoughtthat we are starting a brand-new year.Although we’re another year older, I still get excited at the blank slates that lie ahead, the endless possibilities that can be achieved if you put effort towards your goals and dreams.
As much as I look forward to the next year ahead, I also take a moment to reflect on the year that was. The good things that were achieved and experienced. The memories that were made. The relationships that have been strengthened.
It’s nice to look at the good things,the good memories that have happened, BUT I also like to revisit the tough times, the times where I struggled mentally,physically,emotionally, financially, basically anywhere I have struggled throughout the year.
Its important to openly admit to yourself when you are down and struggling, to reach out for help from friends who you can trust, to talk with one of your martial arts instructors and get their opinion or strategies on how best to tackle the challenge you face.
Being vulnerable is good when used to get to the true cause of your frustrations or depression, anxiety, fear, guilt,as long as it’s not the place where you stay. To know what is causing you the pain allows you to start to work to heal, grow and build a plan to assist with getting you back on track.
The reason why I do this is so that I can see what I have learnt, I can see how I overcame the challenges that lay in front of me, to give myself a pat on the back and mental high five that I was strong enough to work through it, to find a solution, to never give up believing I could do this even if I was in a dark hole.
Throughout the festive season and holidays, many families and individuals are celebrating with family gatherings and parties where food, drinks and presents are in abundance.
Sadly, theses rituals and traditions of the sharing of food and presents are not the standard in all homes, there are many that struggle at this time of year with homelessness, violence or abusive relationships, struggling to put food on the table,guilt that they just can’t provide for their families and the list goes on.
I want to encourage you all to take a moment to appreciate the little things and I’m not talking about presents I’m talking about the conversations with loved ones, the laughter and time you get to share with each other. The acts of kindness and service you do for those less fortunate without ever wanting things in return.
Gratitude is a word that is used a lot but sometimes the real understanding and thought behind it is missed.
I want to challenge you all this month with a Gratitude / acts of service challenge
I want you to take a moment to reflect on the year that was and share a story or moment that you are grateful for.It could be an act of service where you helped one of your family or friends through a challenging time.
It could be a stranger you helped with no expectation of reward.
It could be a trip with the family, the cry of your newborn baby, the last moments with a loved one who has moved up to heaven.
What I would like you to do is either write a minimum of 250 words sharing the experience you are grateful for and what it meant to you.
Or you can do the same format as written, but in a short video.
Once you have completed this, post the finished product in the Life members group where the challenge entries are submitted.
I appreciate all of you and look forward to hearing how you have helped in your community or what you and your family are grateful for.
Thanks again for your support throughout 2021.
I am excited about the amazing opportunities and community that awaits us in 2022.