By Samantha McKenzie
“It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.” Bryant H. McGill
As 2016 winds down, I’ve been thinking about the future. How do I want to spend 2017 and what things can I do to make a difference in my life? I pushed aside the normal list, like losing weight and saving money, not because I won’t do those things, but I wanted to challenge myself to dig deeper.
Now is the perfect time to trim down the fat in my life. The end of the year is when we assess, reevaluate and realign our thoughts and actions. I decided that 2017 will find me doing, saying and thinking about more meaningful things. I want the time I spend to add more value to my life and to the lives of others. I think we all want another shot at making the days, the hours, and even the minutes matter even more.
And so it will be. This new year, I want to do more meaningful things. I want everything I do to have an inherent purpose, to be worthwhile or add value to what already exists.
To start, I will spend my time engaging in more healthy discussions. I want to have the courage to introduce new topics, to redirect chatter or to just walk away from those that offer nothing. I’m going to set new challenges for myself at work and cut out doing things that hold little value. I want to measure my contributions at every level of my living. I want to have more vulnerable conversations and get out of the shallow side of relationships.
I’m going to have to be intentional and purposeful in everything I do. This means resetting the alarm clock to wake up earlier, changing the television channels from the nonsense I like to watch and not cheating at the gym (wink!)
This doesn’t mean I won’t goof around or get off track. It just means I’m going to take more interest in the things that I’m doing and make sure it has a purpose. Some days sleeping in late will have a real purpose, trust me. I don’t want to look up and say, “where’d the time go?”
I am going to have to be more selective with time and show it some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It will be so worth it. Farewell 2016. Here’s to a newer, more meaningful life ahead.