It seems as though lately I see hate everywhere. The world seems so angry. I'm not sure if this is because I am growing up and my eyes are open to the reality of life, or if humanity is really becoming more flawed. I remember as a teenager being aware of sickness for the first time in my life and suddenly it appeared as if cancer popped up everywhere and effected every family I knew. When I asked my mom what in the world was going on, she said "It has always been around, you just never saw it before." Part of that idea is beautiful, that my children are oblivious to the hate that is spewed all over the news, in my Facebook feed, and out of people's mouths. But I do not envy them the day of realization that will come.
I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions, mainly because I don't know a single person who has remained committed to a year of change. Instead, I believe in learning from your own obstacles, opening your eyes to new truths, and seeing things differently.
This year, rather than being saddened by the world, I plan to conquer it.
Well, maybe not the whole world.
At least my own space.
I will be the change I wish to see in the world. I will choose kindness over gut reaction. I will hug my kiddos more and fuss at them less. I will be a beacon of shining light as we move to Egypt in a few months. I will be strong and steady when my family is on the shifting sands of an International move. I will slow myself from instant reactions and instead choose the path that will make me proud to be me tomorrow.
I will be the change. I want to be the change.
I want my kids to have a role model that is not based on television. That is not wearing a crown and hoping to be saved by a prince. I want to be the best woman/wife/mother/Christian that I can be.
In this world of anger and sadness, of death and abuse, I want to be the change.
Imagine if every person made this decision. Imagine if our lawmakers, our teachers, our mothers and fathers, our pastors, our youth, if everyone we knew made a decision to work on themselves this year. My, what a change we could make.
Take that, resolution to lose weight.
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