In 2009, I launched an inspirational series of interviews with ordinary folks who do extraordinary things. They breathe life into their dreams, resolutions and daily goals, one small step at a time, one day at a time over the long haul. Though they may be statistically in the minority of resolution-makers (the ones who succeed), I wanted to highlight 'what works', and give them credit for their accomplishments. 'Robert Maurer, PhD was the sixth Resolutionista' inducted into the I Resolve To . . . Hall Of Fame and the inspirational series continues in 2010!
BOB MAURER REFLECTS
What a year! The challenge for me this year was to look for the good, for the beauty in all things. With the financial crisis, what passed for a healthcare debate, with so many poor and hungry, it was a huge effort to remain hopeful and positive about our journey on this planet. I have tried each day to find moments of beauty, to smile at people, and look for opportunities to be kind and generous. I have used kaizen every day to make small improvements and to celebrate the efforts of others to be their best. Some days were easier than others!
I have made improvements this year in my health . . . drinking more water, exercising more consistently, and getting more sleep. The improvements were small, but all heading in the right direction.
The research on New Year's Resolutions is remarkable. The average American makes the same resolution seven years in a row and then often gives it up! I keep my resolutions small. I resolve to look for small moments to compliment others. I resolve to pray for our leaders and for those who have power over the lives of others. I use prayer to work on my tendency to judge others. When I start to be critical in my thoughts, I turn it into a prayer for their wisdom and peace. I resolve to be more grateful each day for the abundance in my life. I do this by keeping a journal, and each day, I write out and answer the question, "What am I grateful for today?"
I frequently look at the words Mother Teresa used to explain how she lived her days:
"Small things with great love.
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
And it is not how much you give, but how much love you put in the giving.
To God there is nothing small."
Wishing you a healthy and joy-filled New Year . . .
- Happy 2010! -
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Kim M. Simpson - December 26, 2009
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