I’ll be fifty years old in 2014 and I’m actually looking forward to celebrating this milestone. I’m excited to have lived to see fifty. I realize I’m very fortunate to be alive. My oldest sister Joan, died at the tender age of sixteen while she was still in high school.
I know, I know, everyone is making resolutions for the New Year and most of them won’t be kept past the end of February. That is why I’m not making resolutions but setting goals and projecting aspirations.
I’ve come up with a few goals and aspirations for 2014 which I’ve listed below. Eating healthier is one of them. I had a rebirth on 1 June 2013 where one of the things I did was eliminate certain foods from my diet and honestly I haven’t missed them (I did however have one doughnut in December.) I intend on taking my eating healthy plan a little further and only eat meat (to include chicken) three times a week. I intend to eat fish and meatless meals all other times.
Goals and Aspirations for 2014
1. Spend more quality time with my mother.
2. Be more patient with my parents. So what if I’ve heard the story a million times. If they want to tell it again I’ll listen. There are so many people who wish their parents were still alive.
3. Do not accumulate more stuff. If I purchase any material thing, I will get rid of two things that I already own. I went through a cleansing process in December for 20 days (which I should have blogged about but didn’t.) I think I’ll go ahead and share it on my blog for the first 20 days of January. It was a game from the minimalist. It was supposed to be for the entire month but I only got up to day 20.
4. Rebalance my portfolio in January and leave it alone for the rest of the year. Also, I need to keep my hands off my savings. (Easier said than done but I’m going to try.)
5. Maintain my Blog on a regular basis. Post to it at least once a week.
6. Drink more water. Improve my diet.
7. Continue my Spanish lessons. It’s good to know a second language. I may not become proficient but it will definitely keep my brain active.
8. Read more and spend less time on social media.
9. Make more phone calls to my family and friends.
10. Visit the African Continent. The first countries I want to visit are Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. I just need to get over my fear of taking these malaria pills. That’s the only thing holding me back right now. I’ve been reading about the side effects and there are many.
11. Take my Mom on a vacation to a country she has never been.
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
― Coco Chanel
“Dignity is a value that creates irreplaceability.”
― Immanuel Kant
1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.
2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.
3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.
4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.
5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.
6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.
7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.
8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.
9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.
10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.”
― Shannon L. Alder, Never or Forever
“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to oneself.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel
I was walking to somewhere or from somewhere I don’t remember which. Someone walking in front of me dropped their bags and the contents spilled to the ground. A passerby and myself stopped to help. I had my cell phone in my hand and laid it on a bench close by. As I’m helping to pick up this persons stuff, I see a hand grab my phone and two people run off. I run after them and they pass it on to two other people. I chase after those individuals also and they passed it on to two other individuals. I run off after them and they in turn passed it off to two other individuals. At this point I’m so confused, I do not know who I’m chasing any longer. I stop running and take a deep breath only to wake up and realize it’s just a dream.
I asked myself, is there a lesson in this dream? What is the significance of the number two? Maybe there’s no meaning to this dream and I just need to be more careful with my phone. Maybe I shouldn’t be walking around with the phone in my hand. Now there’s a thought.
“The dignity makes the smarter person humble, but at the same time stronger.”
― Latin saying
“Soar with wit. Conquer with dignity. Handle with care.”
― Criss Jami
“Never joke about the job of your friend. He/she feeds their family with it and it affects their dignity!”
― Rossana Condoleo