Guest Post: Dear 2018

Dear 2018 you,

This year I challenge you to be optimistic, to be open minded, to welcome a new objective in in your life…to realize that the only certain thing in life is that you will die. Nothing is permanent!  Even though you may feel that way, things will change.  There is a light and the end of the tunnel.  Use 2018 as that time to light up that tunnel.  You may not be where you want to be but no one ever is.  Life is full of highs and lows!  Sometimes everything seems to be going as planned and then we received a right hook from Mike Tyson himself and all the sudden it’s a downward spiral.  Now there you are…on the floor, down for the count and you just want to throw in the towel of self-loathing, complaining, and stressing.  Trust me I’ve been there.

Unfortunately, that’s life sweetheart. It isn’t about what has happened to you, it’s how you choose to look at what has happened.  Your outlook is where the power lies, so I challenge you in 2018 to always look for the silver lining and to always believe there is a greater good at work because there is.  Just like Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”  Trust that it will all fall in sooner or later.

I live each day by a quote by Padre Pio is “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” I pray for what I want, I hope that the work I put in yields me return, and finally I just don’t worry because I’ve done all I could do.  When you live like this, it is truly relieving.  What 2017 has taught me for 2018 is to take risks. Not taking a risks feels way worse than the worst outcome of taking a risk!  In 2018 shoot your shot, I may not always swoosh in but there is a backboard too.  😉

-J

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