Can you believe another year has passed? Not sure about you but I truly believe time moves faster the older I get. I think about my younger self when I felt I had all the time in the world. We would sit around talking and laughing for hours into the night without a thought about tomorrow.
Now I cannot stop thinking about the past, the present and the future all at the same time. Is it just me? Or do you find yourself doing the same?
In an effort to calm my thinking, I have devoted myself to reading more. I have a list of books that I will be reading throughout the new year. But just so happen, a man who has shown himself to be a true friend, gifted my husband with the book “Success Secrets of The World’s Most Cynical Man” by K. Solomon. I knew I had to read this book after my husband finished.
As I read Solomon’s pursuit of spiritual peace, and following his many exploits and escapades, he comes to the ultimate conclusion that “there is no lasting satisfaction or peace of mind apart from God” (or your higher power). I then began to reflect on my past year. What actions had I taken? What decisions had I made? What words had I spoken? that were apart from God. Where had I left out God – the main ingredient?
A life like that is akin to going to all the trouble of planning and cooking a gourmet dish but leaving out all the seasonings. Yeah, it might be an edible dish. It may even look appetizing. You can place it in the finest china that money can buy, but the moment you put it in your mouth you’ll find that it’s tasteless and a huge disappointment.Success Secrets of The Most Cynical Man – K. Solomon
What lifeless, tasteless, dishes had I created this year?
One thing I know for sure is that I cannot harp on the past, but I must recognize lessons, blessings, and mistakes and use them in preparing for the future. I am sure that you can relate. We all had some wonderfully prepared dishes this year. Great health, great marriage, wonderful family and friends, or even new careers or new additions to the family. But amongst those wonderful occasions, I am sure we had some disappointments as well. Areas were we left out the main ingredient.
But do not fret, a New Year is here for us to season those dishes just right so keep your head up, your mind right and your main ingredient close at hand.
God bless and Happy New Year!!
Photo: Lake Lanier, GA
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