A Fresh Slate For The Coming Year

Every year around my birthday I typically find myself caught in the pools of reflection and introspection. This year has proven to be no different. I have spent time looking back upon my 38th journey around the sun. I have also caught myself peering around the corner into the 39th journey.

I am grateful that life has managed to provide me the best of teachers: my 3 children, my family, my friends and my co-workers. Each year, I have taken your valuable lessons to heart and added them to this ever growing letter I have been writing to my 16 year old self. This list, I read often whenever I need to the proverbial kick in the behind to snap out of the mini rut I might be swirling about in. I am deciding to share this list with you. Perhaps your 16 year old self can find value in it. Perhaps you find something missing from mine and together we will both learn.

38 Lessons For 38 Years

  1. Get to know yourself. No really, start figuring out who you are. Looking at yourself from an outsider’s point of view is always incomplete at best. Mind you, this is not a race and sometimes figuring out who you are not is as crucial as figuring out who you are.
  2. Be a lover. Embrace love. Preach love. Teach love. There is always room for love – compassion, empathy, friendship, companionship, partnership.
  3. Be present in all your interactions with others. They are sharing with you a slice of their life. Do your best to make it meaningful. Even the random parking lot encounter.
  4. Smile. If not for you, do it for others. It lifts them. It breaks the interpersonal ice. Smile with your whole face.

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Meena Rose

(Writer, Poet and Blogger)

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