Jan. 1, 2015

January 1st never seemed like a new year to me. My new year always seems to be closer to September 1st. Maybe it’s a school thing or the fact that summer is over again, but autumn is my fresh start. Still, I like to gather with friends and family and hand out a questionnaire to be opened the following year.

Here’s some you may want to ask yourself and/or others:

  1. What have you learned about yourself this past year?
  2. What kind of changes can you make that will make you a happier person to be around?
  3. What will your reading list include this year?
  4. What do you predict will be the hottest news item of 2015?

Reflection doesn’t hurt even if you don’t feel that December 31st is a legitimate evening of celebration. Don’t be a Debbie Downer – find that little spark of hope within and smile tonight.

Be Prepared

Watching The Walking Dead has reminded me to be ready for any emergency that may occur. I have to consider the equipment and food supplies I might need to have on hand as well as considering the people with whom I trust most to share space and resources. There’s one other aspect that continues to run through the series and I’ve mentioned in a previous blog: the show forces me to examine my own conscious and determine what kind of person I really am. Am I someone who will strive to survive and do what it takes to keep myself at the top of priorities no matter who it hurts, like Merle, or will I uphold a righteous personality and help the weak and needy, like Rick?

This second week of Advent we light the candle that represents PREPARATION. Not much unlike a zombie apocalypse, I need to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. Am I living a life of love and peace now or do I think I can wait for my soul to be tested before I begin living as God has asked us? Why wait for a zombie outbreak, or a visit by three ghosts, or my death bed when I can be living as I should today? Am I prepared to meet my maker?

Hmm. Heavy stuff. Yet, this type of reflection is makes my vision much clearer and gives me strength in knowing who I am in order to move forward in this sometimes seemingly scary life.