Out with the old and in with the new… goodbye 2015, I’m glad to see you go. Wishes across the world all want the same thing; less crime and violence, peace among people everywhere, politicians worthy of the Whitehouse, a better economy and more jobs…safer schools for our children; and the list goes on. Simply stated, many of us want to see positive changes in this life and it doesn’t come as a big surprise. So as the year comes to a close, once again, I plan to sit with a personal list of my own wishes (change) as to what I’d like to see happen this coming year.

Beginning with health, I will continue my journey of healthier food choices and whatever exercise I’m able to muster through these longer winter days. Keeping a positive mindset no matter what life hands to me, is of the utmost importance to having better things happen; hence to the ‘Law of Attraction’ rules which can be applied here. Smiling more often can also help release those ‘feel-good’ hormones, which can become contagious… and who wouldn’t appreciate that? Learning to deal with the everyday stress we have, such as employment or lack of, not to mention finances in general… in a more positive manner can only make things better. Finding a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life, those things that we take for granted… such as our eyes, which we can see with, hands which we need and use every day, and our hearts which sometimes can be broken, but beats to our own harmony while pumping oxygen throughout our bodies. If you are able to have all of these senses (the ability to touch, feel, see and hear), then you are ahead of the game already.

Gratitude; it’s the quality of being thankful. If you practice this every day, it can bring positive changes in ones’ life, as well as getting out of a rut. For those that feel stuck in life, it can be a powerful enforcement of better things to come, lessening panic and anxiety feelings along the way. I believe if we can cultivate a new kind of attitude in the coming year, we might be able to spread the joy, even if it is to only to one other person, then we accomplished something great. I’m talking about these things because they are simple reminders of how we can change our future; no matter how small and irrelevant it may seem… positive living can be just as contagious as a cold someone might catch this coming winter.

Last but not least, we need to learn the art of ‘letting go.’ Feelings can grow into outrage, whether it’s political views, road rage, waiting too long in lines, or people that rub us the wrong way, whether it is at home, in the workplace or anywhere … recognize it (anger), and give an effort to change it; you may be surprised once you become more mindful. My wish for all of you is more peace in your homes and in your lives, along with prosperity and happiness. Keep your family & friends close and remind them of how much they mean to you, while making new friends along your journey. Remember kindness to strangers; you don’t know what they may be going through, illness has no face in this life. Open your hearts and minds this coming year and be sure to vote, as voices need to be heard everywhere this coming election for a better America. Make a difference in someone’s life this year; selfless acts of kindness can change lives forever. Peace be with you all and have a Happy New Year!

Make your week count.