Happy New year guys! We made it! It seems a little late for the compliments but here I am about to compose the first post in the year 2017. I really am excited. I want to use this opportunity to thank all my loyal readers and supporters. God bless you all. 2016 was just a preamble, the real deal begins now.
As the new year starts, we all consciously or unconsciously prepare ourselves for a new chapter in our lives. We are hopeful, strategize on new goals and how to achieve them, list out our New Year resolution and pray for the best. There are some however that do not concern themselves with such shenanigans and to them, the new year is just another day *lol*. Well I must say, I used to be that way at least for a year or two but I realized over time that a positive attitude however silly and corny it might seem goes a long way in shaping how your year is going to turn out. The year 2016, though filled with lots of milestones and achievements was a very rocky year for me. A reality check I would rather not experience again but it was also learning opportunity. When coming into the new year, we shouldn’t just throw away the lessons of the past year in the enthusiasm of starting a new one. The whole point of living and having experiences is to pick out lessons that would help us navigate to our next level. After all a wise man once said “we are all a product of where we are coming from”. Here are some of the lessons both subtle and hard, I learned from the year 2016.
- Always put God first
I honestly learned this the hard way and yet I feel super special that God took out time for me to chastise me and make me see the way I should go. Not everyone has this privilege. Its easy for us all to say “God first” but is he really first? I realized that putting God first goes beyond attending church meetings and reading a devotional and praying everyday. The real question is ” what are those things you still choose over God”? If you have nothing doing its easy to go to church but when that tempting offer comes, when your schedule gets crammed with seemingly “important” activities do you still create time for God? 2016 was the year I watched as everything I hold dear almost got snatched right before my eyes just to point out the great lesson “God over all”. I learned to be more dependent on him, let him take charge and realized that once you’ve given your life to him, its really not by your power anymore and you don’t have as much control as you think you do.
2. People are temporary.
This probably has the most memes on the internet. Everyone goes on and on about how “aint shit” people are and how everyone is replaceable. It’s usually the opposite, however, when you get attached. This doesn’t apply only to people but also things, ideas and so on. I learned to let go. Letting go is the hardest thing to do in this life once you are attached but just like items, people are also worldly elements that come and go. Whoever is going to stay will stay, whoever is going to go will go. Letting go of these worldly attachments and letting the perfect will of God operate in your life is a major spiritual break through more than it gets credit for. This is actually the basis of getting more out of life and going to a higher place.
3. There is power in the mind.
I dare say, I almost lost my mind in the year 2016. Everything we see in this life is a product of someone’s imagination. Hell, the whole entire universe is a product of God’s imagination! The mind can do and undo and we need to be careful of it. All of our problems in life are conceived from the mind and so are all our successes. Would you rather dwell on the negative or the positive? Because if you have a negative mind, so would it manifest in your life and if you think positively, your life would be positive. Overthinking, negativity, assumptions and jumping into conclusions are things I’ve left behind in 2016 and never again would I let myself be a slave to my own mind. I would rather use my mind for productive, creative and edifying thoughts.
4. Do what you want.
This literally my watch word in life. Anyone that knows me knows how fiercely independent I am. However,we are all human and sometimes we compromise. The year 2016 made me relearn this and I came out bolder and stronger. My dear friends, you only die once but you live everyday. There is no part two after death. All the people you are breaking your back for have their own journeys and would also die one day. Be true to yourself always. Anything you feel like doing do it for you and for God. Do not let anyone fool you and make you live a life that isn’t yours. I don’t force friendships, relationships, I go where I want to go and do what I want to do and it feels freaking awesome. 2017 is going to be lit.
5. Don’t give up on yourself.
I must say at several points in 2016 I almost hit rock bottom. One thing I never did however, was stop trying. The world belongs to those you are resilient. If you are expecting people to cheer you up all the time, encourage you, lift you up, you are setting yourself up for a big fall. Be your own cheerleader! Gas your own damn self! Master the art of shutting haters out because when you start seeing results, guess who’s going to clap and sing your praises. Those exact same people! And I don’t mean that figuratively. That is how God operates. He sees all your turmoil in private and uplifts you publicly, in the presence of your enemies. You owe it to yourself not to give up. God will honor you just like he’s blessing me and loading me with daily benefits. I learned in 2016 to persist and if I can do that, the sky is just the starting point.
Now that I have learned my lessons, what am I going to do in 2017? Here is a list of my new years resolution in no particular order.
- Mind my own business.
- Get rich or die trying.
- Get that skin popping.
- Stay positive.
- Serve God with all my heart.
- Post more often.
- Improve my skills as a professional.
- Keep my circle small.
- Live a healthy lifestyle.
Simple as it may seem, there you have it. And I mean them with all my heart (especially the get rich part $$$). What are you doing differently this year? Any resolutions or lessons you can relate to? Share with me in the comment box and let’s talk about it. Do not forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts. Have a lovely year ahead. Happy new year once again.
You know I’m awesome, xoxo.