So it’s already February, and you might be wondering where January went. Well, time flies, and as you get older, it appears time flies even faster. I love February because at this time of the year, all the hype and excitement of the holiday season is long gone and one is better able to set realistic goals for the year. In order to look ahead, it’s important to sometimes look behind and to take a cue from things gone by.
If you find that you have already missed the mark in accomplishing your goals, you might want to take a second look at that list. Were the goals realistic, have your circumstances changed? Do you need to streamline that list? Do you need to add to that list? Are you motivated to accomplish those tasks? Asking this self-reflective questions will help you figure out what resources and support systems you might need to help you on your path. So gear up and keep moving. On the other hand, if you have been successful in fulfilling your goals for the month, take a moment to celebrate.
One of my goals this year is to be “intentionally human”. I find that my daily routine can be so regimented to the extent that I can easily miss out on opportunities to connect with another human. Somedays, all we have is a few seconds to make a positive impact in someone else’s life. This can easily be missed when we are too busy with ourselves. What’s more, we may never have another moment to encounter this individual again.
Recently, while going through airport security, I noticed a lady next to me and I jokingly reached out to her about how the security process makes me feel. She said she also felt the same way. We laughed it off and went our separate ways; at least, that’s what I thought. I eventually made it to the gate and waited patiently to board my flight. While there, another lady sat next to me. We exchanged smiles and a few “bless you’ s” each time she sneezed (lol).
When it came time to board, my group was the last to be called and by the time I made it to my seat, the lady who kept sneezing was seated to my left while the other from the security check point was on the right; I had the middle seat. “Hey, it’s you again”, we said to each other, and then a simple conversation ensued about life, the reason for travel, etc.
It was one of the best trips I have had in a long while. I may never meet these women again but I do know one thing for sure, that we connected in that moment and it felt really good for us all. I encourage you to seize each moment you get to be “intentionally human”.
Wishing you all a happy new month and a splendid year ahead. Keep plugging away!!
*Be on the lookout for a new short story soon.