Three Wishes for the New Year

I know January is almost half-way, but I hope this New Year’s wishes are not too late. My wishes for you, yes you who are reading this, are:

1. To remain in good health.

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Being healthy though is not an accident. It is a constant choice of having healthy habits and lifestyle. It is well-known that the top new year’s resolution is about getting healthier. We also know that membership to local gyms spikes in January. Unfortunately, some of the people who were so eager to “live healthy” at the beginning of the year fall off the wagon, so to speak, in a few months or even weeks after their resolution.

Joining a local health club might help motivate you, but it is not really needed to stay healthy, as there are a thousand other ways to do it. The key is sticking to whatever resolution you made.

2. To experience warmth and love in your family.

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In today’s society, in our pursuit of our dreams, sometimes we forget the more important things in this life. What does it mean to have a job promotion, or a better pay, or a bigger house, or a more luxurious ride, if our relationships with our spouse, or our children, or with our family in general are wanting?

Invest more time with your family, for that’s what really matters. Nobody in their deathbed wishes that they should have spent more time in the office or that they could have had a bigger TV. It’s the failed relationships that they are regretful of.

3. To live a life with a purpose.

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To have a meaningful existence, we should have a purpose in this life. Whether that be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or to save the Galapagos penguins, or to be the best shoe repairman in the world, or be the best dad to your children are all good ambitions.

That purpose in life cannot be decided by somebody else. You have to determine that for yourself.

Actually the above wishes and aspirations are for myself. But I’m glad to share them with you. May we all have a prosperous new year.

 

(*all photos taken with an iPhone)

Stray or Stay on Course

If you are reading this now, that means you “survived,” and the world did not end last December 21, 2012, as some doomsday prediction wants you to believe. Well that is good. But now what?

I tell you though that something is definitely ending in a few days. No, not the world but the year 2012.

Another year is done. Another year is gone. Another “Auld Lang Syne.” Time to party and get drunk. Is that it’s all about?

With the end of the year upon us, I believe this is the perfect time to reflect (drunk and reflect does not mix) on things. To look back if you will, to ‘what have been’ so we can face the ‘what will be.’

If you are on course, then by all means continue on the right track. However, as most of us do, we often stray off the course. This is the time we assess our bearings, adjust our sails, and right our direction, or else we will be forever lost.

May you have a happy and prosperous new year!

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(*photo taken with iPhone)

Failed New Year’s Resolutions

Today is already the end of the first month of the new year. We blink and time will pass us by.

How long does a new year’s resolution last? A lifetime? The whole year? How about a few days to a few weeks.

Yesterday, I went to the gym. It was notable how different a couple of weeks made. It was not as crowded as it was a few weeks ago as I wrote in a blog before. Does that mean the people with resolutions to go to the gym and exercise, fizzled out already?

This is a classic example of human endeavor. We just cannot sustain our initial enthusiasm, nor can we finish what we started. Are we doomed to fail? Maybe this is the very reason why some people (that may include me) don’t make new year’s resolution at all: the fear of failing.

However, if we don’t at least make an effort to commit ourselves to change or make resolutions, then I believe that it is more dangerous, for we will not care at all. For me, it is better to make a resolution and fail, than not make one, or not care to change at all. I know no one can claim that he/she has no more room for improvement. For we all do.

Go ahead, try to quit smoking for the thousandth time. Try to exercise more regularly instead of once a year. Try to live more healthy. Try to stop chewing your fingernails. Try to blog everyday (I’m still working on this). Try to take a bath everyday or at least once a week (you have to, for the sake of the people around you). Try to be more patient and loving. Try to make more time for your family. Or just try to be a better person.

If we fail? There’s always the next year. We only really fail, if we completely quit trying.

By the way, who said you can only make resolutions during new year? Start one today.

Busy Gym

I went to the gym yesterday for the first time this year. Yeah, first time for 2011. I have been slacking lately. Well, I got sick. And I was so busy. And it was cold and snowing. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Well, I got lazy (that’s the real excuse).

I ran in the tract for a mile. I rowed in the rowing machine for about 10 minutes. I rode the stationary bike for 4 miles. Triathlon eh? (I should have swum instead of rowing.) I did pull-ups, crunches and bench presses too. I tried to make-up for lost time. No wonder my body aches now.

I was surprised how the gym was crowded for an early Sunday morning. All the treadmills were occupied. Then I remembered, it is a New Year. Many new faces. Many are there because of their resolutions. That’s alright. The more the merrier. (That’s the hopeful side of me.)

Since I have been going to a gym for about 10 years now, I am very familiar to this New Year’s phenomenon. In the following weeks though, I expect fewer and fewer people. It’s a guarantee. (That’s the cynical part of me.)