By Becky Holland
2016 for many was not a good year – or so their social media accounts say. There were deaths, there were financial struggles, there were business failures, there were illnesses and a crazy political campaign that left us all scratching our heads.
For me – 2016 was a year of challenges – some looked a little more challenging than others – but here I am waiting for midnight to strike, and the new year to start.
As we say good bye to 2016, I think about a lot of things. Life is good. It is normal to go through changes. You don’t have to have a dramatic moment to have a change. Change comes so quickly and consistently that sometimes you won’t even realize it.
That is just how life goes.
To survive every day life, there are three things one must have – or I should throw in a disclaimer and say this is my opinion.
First of all, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Doesn’t matter how you feel right now – if you don’t have God in your life – you might as well expect to have mess. Everyone has mess- even those of us who have Him – have mess. But there is a difference. The ones of us who have messes in life and have God are assured that we will come out of the mess smiling and shining. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Secondly, you need to have no pride. By that I mean, humility is the key. Having an ego won’t move you or help you get ahead in life. I think so many times the self-help books that line the shelves of Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are full of nothing but bologna – no, I should not say that. I like some of them. I think the writers of the books sometimes get the idea of self-confidence and being proud of yourselves mixed up. Having an ego is not what they meant when they said believe in yourself. Believe that you are important, but also know that NO ONE IS more special than the next person. The CEOs are just as much as important as the janitors, etc etc.
Lastly, have a hobby or a focus. Get an interest outside of what you do from 9-5. Leave work at work. Spend less time on Facebook and social media, and more time increasing your knowledge, increasing your creativity and building your relationships with your family, friends or even your pets. Creativity helps relax. it can be a therapy. This is what writing does for me.
Be happy. Remember to keep moving forward.