Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Starting off 2014
As I finish up reflecting on the past year & preparing some goals for the oncoming year I came upon this blog post on Goodreads by Rebecca Donovan, one of my favorite authors. I wanted to share it through several medias so that not only can I find it easily when I need to be reminded but so hopefully others will see it & be inspired, find it insightful or just enjoy it. I myself still have some goals & such for 2014 but I will be moving forward keeping this in mind.
This is the time of year when people reflect upon what has happened and what will be.
But I’d rather reflect upon the now. The moment I’m living in this very second. And this second, for me, is all about honesty.
As real and pure as honesty is, it’s also hard
It takes courage and strength to be honest with who you are; to look in the mirror and respect the person looking back at you. There are days that person looks like a stranger. Someone you’ve never met before. Someone you don’t want to know. But every day, that person is you. And every day, you should challenge that person to be better.
Better than the day before. Better than the hour before. Better than the second before.
Because you can… you are… better. Look. Can’t you see it?
It may take even more courage and strength to look the person you love and care about in the eye, with the risk of losing them, and want them to want more, from this life. You can’t make them. You can only want it for them.
Because the truth… the honest truth… won’t set them free. Only they can. And that realization may hurt, but the honesty you share might actually save them.
I will always strive to be better –to smile at the reflection looking back at me with acceptance. I love with all that I am. I protect with every ounce of my being. I give until there’s nothing left. And I cannot live without being honest… even if that leaves me with a loss.
I could sit here and reflect upon my amazing moments of 2013… and there have been many. Or I could be excited for what is to come in 2014, because it will be the most life-altering year yet. But I’d rather live in the moment I’m in.
I know there is no better day than the one I’m living… until tomorrow.
Posted by Melanie O'Brien at 1.1.14