How Can You Be a Valuable Human Being?
Being valuable is simple-care for someone. No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Who do you care about? Do you care about others because you need them or because they need you?
No matter how old you are, middle age and beyond is either rapidly approaching or has already past. How are you viewing the passing of time? Are your choices and the kind of people you spend your time with making this the the kind of life you hoped it would be?
As another New Year approaches, I’m already looking back and evaluating the past nine or more months. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made in certain areas and not so happy about my lack of progress in other areas. The two keys are that:
I cared more about others than I did last year. Since life is about growing and progressing, I won’t have to live with regrets that I wasted my time by not growing.
As long as I’m alive, I can learn from yesterday and apply what I’ve learned to my life today and tomorrow. The goal is to keep getting better at whatever I’m doing, especially at how much I care about others.
Appreciate the Book You’ve Been Given
Reflecting on my prior year with feelings of gratitude and deep appreciation for all of my experiences, challenging and rewarding, I let go of unresolved concerns. It is as if I am at a door looking back into a room that holds the experiences of my past year…I see how the room is arranged.
Piles of books and papers and some empty spots, shafts of sunlight stream in from my deck and window; I see the dust. I see all this, wishing I had a secretary and a housekeeper.
I gently close the door behind me. I have feeling of renewal that resonates, piercing my heart, with anticipation. As I approach each new day, I have a prayer of thankfulness for the days just past.
Believe You Can Write a Happy Ending
Ahead of me is my next year – a year I don’t know yet. I feel the pull the future reaching out for me – stretching its fingers towards me, excitedly drawing me forward. I find myself reaching back , but then I feel curious and then anxious, impatient but hesitant. Overcome with curiosity, I lean too far to stay in place and I fall forward into the outstretched arms of my future.
Care about Others
Falling forward allows me to embrace trust, and trust allows me to care more for all those that touch my life each day.
My new year may start with a gentle hug of appreciation for my mother and father who have always been there for me, or a warm smile for the checker at Safeway who makes sure I get all of the store discounts for that day.
Perhaps it will start with a kind word for my neighbor who has suffered recently because of health issues and financial challenges. It could also start by really listening to my girlfriend, who wants and needs to be understood.
I also see myself providing honest compliments to the many mentors in my life, who actually deserve much more than just a compliment. I look forward to my new year, which I know will be filled with more love than ever before.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Dr. Leo Bascaglia (1924-1998) Professor, Author
Keynote Speaker Al Foxx provides a thoughtful message that includes plenty of humor during the holiday season to audiences regarding the positive results of focusing on relearning the A, B, C’s.