Be...Kind, Unplugged, Active, Yourself|
Happy New Year!! I love a fresh start and January 1st is a great chance to hit the proverbial reset button. The new year offers hope. You hear it over and over, “let’s make this the best year ever!” When I think about making the new year better, I think along the lines of making myself better.
I’m one of those people who like to make resolutions -- actually, goals would be more accurate. Looking over my goals one year, I realized that if I achieved all the goals I set, I would be a completely new person. Actually, to achieve a new and better me, I only need to follow the Doublecreek theme for 2018 – “Be…kind, unplugged, active, yourself.”
Be kind. I need to not only look for ways to show kindness, but to look for kindness. When I generate kindness and seek kindness, my world expands. Want to broaden your horizons? Show kindness; applaud those who also show kindness. I believe the absence of kindness in your life leads to a constrictive world.
Be unplugged. Our life shouldn’t revolve around electronics. You want to see me without direction? Catch me without access to television. When I step back and reflect on how I spend my time, it’s remarkable how I depend on the electronic Cyclops I watch for hours at a time. I’m ashamed to say this, but I need the Cyclops to fill in my day. One goal I’ve set for myself to tear away from watching TV, is to read 20 books during the year. This goal has helped me rediscover many old friends that were collecting dust on my bookshelf.
Be active. I always set weight goals. If I would be more active, that goal would take care of itself. Now, being active doesn’t refer only to exercise. It also refers to being aware – knowing what’s going on not only with myself, but with others. Being aware means looking for ways to make yourself and the world you live in, better.
Finally, be yourself. Accept yourself; like yourself; be kind to yourself. If you’re not comfortable with yourself, how can you be comfortable with others? I’m always intrigued watching campers and counselors discover a sense of themselves at Doublecreek. I know the phrase, “Be yourself,” feels like a cliché; but “be yourself” means having a core, a foundation to build on. I like to believe that campers find their foundations at Doublecreek and from there they can be themselves.
To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Joe Ray