I love momentous occasions that encourage us to pause and reflect. One thing I've done a lot more of this year is thinking, reflecting, and being more self aware and mindful--having a healthy dose of introspection.
Too often I find people going through the motions of life, but not really LIVING. It's like they are on autopilot; they are robotic. They are not absorbing life and truly engaging in it. That's a boring life to me.
A life worth living is one where you are learning, growing and developing. One where you are discovering more about the person God made you to be. Answering the question of who God is. Helping others around you have a more meaningful life experience.
Life is not about what you get. Rather it's about what you GIVE.
That's been one of my major questions this year: what's my calling, my purpose, my mission? How can I have the most impact? How can I give back to society? How can I use my time and energy to have the greatest return on investment?
I realize I only have ONE life. I celebrate another year tomorrow. I don't want to "wake up" 20 years from now and say, "gosh, I sure wish I hadn't wasted those years."
I want to be fully engaged, take the bull by the horns and really LIVE. Live Life with a capital "L." Embrace each day. Thank God for another opportunity to learn and grow. Face challenges and conflict head-on instead of skirting around the issue.
I want to be a woman of influence who knows her niche in society and how I can instigate change for the betterment of those less fortunate. I feel like I'm closer to that goal than I was a year ago, so hooray! I'm a year wiser, but the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know! Another reason why we must be continual learners until we breathe our last.