Looking back…

I realise looking back is often not something we are taught to do. We all recall the age old Bible story where Lot’s wife looks back at the evil cities that God destroys and in so doing she turns to salt. She ignored the instruction to not look back and allowed her own selfish desire and longing of her previous way of life to overwhelm her. She wanted what she once had despite the freely given opportunity to move forward into something so much better.

On the other hand, when hiking in the wilderness it is often good practice to look back occasionally, to stop; turn around; take note of landmarks, the view and the path from the opposite direction. It may just come in handy when misty conditions develop or when one finds themselves lost for whatever reason.

Right now, looking back is me reflecting on 2019 to remember the lessons learnt and the moments that changed the course of my life. It highlights the very things I tried to change and maybe didn’t get right. It reminds me of why I wanted to change in the first place. It marks the landmarks of my journey.

And so here I found myself reflecting on my 2019 posts, the lessons that have made me who I am right now. I do not believe in resolutions but this will be my mantra for 2020:

Celebrate life as time is a gift only given as a moment. Be present. Pay attention. Be decisive. Make good healthy choices.

Time is love.

Get rid of the me-cracy, the greed that has become so familiar and no longer recognizable. Break the cycle of bad consequences.

Get noticed by YOU.

Be a witness to the life of your spouse. Build and invest in the currency of trust.

Know that true friends will leave footprints in your heart and a hero will fight unselfishly for everyone.

We are who we are and together we become. Make memories. Have fun. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Wrong is wrong, so walk the road less travelled. Don’t settle for the easy way out.

Everything happens because of the decisions we make. So when life gives you lemons, just squeeze them.

Trust your gut. Trust your heart.

Miracles do exist. Just have a little bit of faith.

And remember: You’re always one decision away from a totally different life!

I hope this will help keep you focused, with 20/20 vision, on the important things in life.

Here’s to 2020!