It’s time to complete 2019 and prepare for 2020. We may not know how the next year is going to play out, but the New Year is an opportunity to think about the path we want to set for ourselves and highlight the achievements along the way. But more important than goals may be our decision about who we want to be in the coming year. Obviously, we cannot become a different person but we can define anew the type of person we are in our lives.Between Christmas and the beginning of January, I’ve decided to take a few days off. Such breaks do wonders to re-energize me, so when I looked at my desk and saw the paper piled up on either side of my workspace, I knew I couldn’t start 2020 without a clean desk.
The task uncovered, hidden between sheets of paper, a list of quotes by “the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. He has spent his life committed to benefiting humanity. His thoughts are not about achieving tasks but about defining the type of people we are as we head down the road we have chosen for ourselves.
“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”
“Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.”
“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
“Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.”
“Spend some time alone every day.”
“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
“A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.”
“Be gentle with the earth.”
His thoughts make me stop and focus on who I am. This helps me be the kind of person I want to be—so much so, that I’ve decided, along with my weekly blog post, to include one of his quotes every week for all of 2020. I hope you find it as empowering as I do.
What about you?
Do you find quotes inspiring?
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Let’s talk at the end of 2020 and see if reading quotes has made a difference. Does being reminded of the bigger picture help?
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