Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Beginning, New Crossroads.

Time passes by so quickly. Suddenly it is already the 3rd day of the new year. As always, the end of a year prompts many people to make new resolution for the new year. My resolution is to be more healthy. In particular, I'm going to try to got on board with the "meatless mondays" program that everyone's talking about. Not sure if I'll also do the "tofu thursday" yet. I guess we'll see :)

What other good new year resolutions out there? My friend Cindy has a good one: she tries to master one new skill per year. I remember a few years ago she took up drumming, which is pretty cool. I think she said this year she wants to learn to play the violin. Hmm... I think my resolution for 2010 was master playing the guitar, but that didn't happen quite yet, so I guess I still need to push myself to do that. Yep, time to put away all the holiday decorations, and dust off the guitar that I stashed away in the far corners of my room, and start strumming again. So that's my second resolution. The third one is kinda hard. I really want to stop wasting time. Time is so precious. There's  so much to do and so little time, so this year, I will manage my time better and be more productive. So there you have it. My three new year resolutions.

By the way, here's a very inspiring article from one of my favorite writers, Paolo Coelho about.... life and living it your way.

1] The path begins with a crossroads. There you can stop and think what direction to follow. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Reflect a lot on the choices that lie ahead, but once you have taken the first step, forget the crossroads for ever or else you will always torture yourself with the useless question: “did I take the right path?”
2] The path doesn’t last for ever. It is a blessing to travel the path for some time, but one day it will come to an end, so always be prepared to take leave of it at any moment. However enraptured you may be at certain landscapes, or scared whenever you have to make a great effort to go ahead, don’t get too used to anything. Neither to the hours of euphoria, nor to the endless days when everything seems so difficult and progress is so slow. Don’t forget that sooner or later an angel will appear and your journey will reach an end.
3] Honor your path. It was your choice, your decision, and just as you respect the ground you step on, that ground will respect your feet. Always do what is best to conserve and keep your path and it will do the same for you.
4] Be well equipped. Carry a small rake, a spade, a penknife. Understand that penknives are no use for dry leaves, and rakes are useless for herbs that are deep-rooted. Know also what tool to use at each moment. And take care of them, because they are your best allies.
5] The path goes forward and backward. At times you have to go back because something was lost, or else a message to be delivered was forgotten in your pocket. A well tended path enables you to go back without any great problems.
6] Take care of the path before you take care of what is around you. Attention and concentration are fundamental. Don’t be distracted by the dry leaves at the edges or by the way that others are looking after their paths. Use your energy to tend and conserve the ground that accepts your steps.
7] Be patient. Sometimes the same tasks have to be repeated, like tearing up weeds or closing holes that appear after unexpected rain. Don’t let that annoy you – that is part of the journey. Even though you are tired, even though certain tasks are repeated so often, be patient.
8] Paths cross. People can tell what the weather is like. Listen to advice, and make your own decisions. You alone are responsible for the path that was entrusted to you.
9] Nature follows its own rules. In this way, you have to be prepared for sudden changes in the fall, slippery ice in winter, the temptations of flowers in spring, thirst and showers in the summer. Make the most of each of these seasons, and don’t complain about their characteristics.
10] Make your path a mirror of yourself. By no means let yourself be influenced by the way that others care for their paths. You have your soul to listen to, and the birds to tell what your soul is saying. Let your stories be beautiful and pleasant to everything around you. Above all, let the stories that your soul tells during the journey be echoed at each and every second of the path.
11] Love your path. Without this, nothing makes any sense.

So let's start 2011 with positive attitude and a smile, for we all know that when we smile, the world smiles with us.

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