Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
The following is one of my favorite articles, and that it is apropo for this time of year only makes it better -- in my opinion. Do enjoy...
As I thought and thought about what I could say to you, ethnic beauties, about the coming New Year, I realized I'd said it before. Therefore, I tweaked and would like to revisit an article that offers food for thought...
At the end of each year, many people -- myself included -- think of things they'd like to do in the coming year, the New Year. Oh we make lists and promise that we'll get a new start and stick with it. Yeah, yeah; that's all well and good, but in having to tell you the truth, I will admit that most of the things I've ever resolved to do fell by the wayside. Yep long before the spring of the new year. Why? Perhaps because those things were drastic, or more aptly put -- too unrealistic -- for me. Maybe you too have experienced this. I know that tired of feeling that way, one year I decided to do something different, something I could possibly stick with, and it worked! For that reason, I will approach this New Year with a similar philosophy, and I implore you to join me.
Let's resolve to live beautifully. Now in order to do so, we must choose not to carry things into the New Year -- if we can help it -- that we will not want to end it with. For example, unhealthy relationships. Let's resolve to let them go. I'm also speaking to myself here. If someone is always getting on your nerves, if they attempt to put you down, if they undeservedly ask too much, or create unnecessary drama, let's resolve to let them go, as best we can. If those people happen to be our family members, well...bummer. We'll just have to find other ways to better deal with them. We'll need to request from the divine ways not to let others raise our pressure. Yes, when things or situations attempt to undermine our peace, we'll remember: we have resolved to live beautifully. Then breathe and let go. In doing so we'll see that the situation will slowly begin to change. I read somewhere once that things change when we change. Really, how can they not when modifying even the smallest component can change the whole outcome?
Adhering to our resolution let us remember that we alone are the caretakers of our health. The truth is: while we are of sound mind and body, no one can better maintain that for us. Therefore, let's exercise our right to exercise. Let's eat better too, even if we only reach for an extra serving of fruit or fiber. Sure, some of us pigged out for the holidays. We're not going to berate ourselves though because to enjoy ethnic cuisine is our prerogative. We just don't want to do it every single day. We should also resolve to see our dentists, and doctors. Women should get mammograms, and see a gynecologist. Men need prostate exams. We all need these things so that we can be or get as healthy as possible. Ask someone to go with you if necessary, because our resolution 'to live beautifully' begins from the inside out.
In further sticking to our resolution, let us manage all that concerns us, including our finances. If we really need to move on too, perhaps to a new job, let's get that resume circulating, or why not look into or start that new business. Then to truly showcase our beauty, let us remember others. Perhaps we can volunteer, or keep a friend's kids so that he or she can have a couple of hours for whatever; or we can donate time, or other items, it's our choice.
While doing one, some, or all of these things, let us recall that beauty is something we all share. It does not belong to a select few. It truly isn't something that is only facial, or only seen on our figures or forms. Beauty is mostly intangible, and if you're human, you were born with it. It's the warmth, the lovable attractiveness that resides within each and every one of us. The trick however, is to set it free, to let it out, to allow it to shine. So this coming year, let's do so by resolving to live beautifully.
Have a safe and happy New Year!