Today is my birthday. For the first time in a long time, I am away on business, away from family and friends. I usually spend my birthday is the great company of my friends, and we drink wine, and rejoice in the celebration that we are all healthy. We don’t take it for granted. It’s a gift, and we celebrate and rejoice that very precious gift.
Being away from everyone, though, gives me a chance to reflect at some of the things I would like to accomplish in the coming year. I think of Morgan Freeman’s line from the movie “The Bucket List”….
Have you found joy?
Have you brought joy to others.
I think that’s a great start to the upcoming 12 months. When I took this assignment, which meant being away from home for the better part of a year, I had some things I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to read more. With no television – that’s being done. I wanted to get in better shape – again with no television in my life, I get closer to that goal every day with exercise. I wanted to volunteer more (need to check into that) and I wanted to improve upon my public speaking.
One of the great joys in my life is sitting down with a good book and a glass of wine. I am doing that, which brings alot of joy to myself. Plus, exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, and the results I am seeing, is also bringing joy. So, although I miss family and friends a great deal, I am finding joy in this assignment. Not to mention the joy that accomplishing the task will bring. That brings me to the bringing joy to others. I am putting this in writing, I am going to volunteer more. It is important that I find something that brings joy to others, who otherwise may not be experiencing joy in their lives.