Top Ten Takeaways From 2018


        The year 2019 has just begun. As the world celebrates the new year, people all around the globe dream of a fresh start. Dreams of health, wealth, betterment, and happiness fill the minds of many. New opportunities, experiences, and ideas are quietly building within the circulation of these dreams.  However, many will fail to realize these hopes because they takeaway nothing from the previous year, and remain the same while expecting a different result. Only by learning and developing from previous experiences, can we expect a better result.  In honor of these dreams, I have put together a list of the top ten takeaways from 2018, based on my own experiences and perspective. It is my intention to share what I have learned, in an attempt to help those who have not yet learned/experienced such concepts. In 2018, this is what I have taken away.

1. Mindset- Attitude is everything. Nobody appreciates a bad attitude, and far too often we look at what is missing rather than what we have. The power of a positive attitude is so strong that it can better any situation, should you choose to see the glass half full. How we picture the world is a reflection of how we choose to view it. Want to better your situation? Develop a better mindset and watch things change. 

2. Love- If I had to define love, I would say it is the force that stays loyal beyond a person's shortcomings. It is easy to like someone when everything is good, but when things get tough it is love that allows you to push through. Love is unconditional to circumstance and anything less than that is not love. It is impossible to feel real love if you cannot learn to love yourself first. Only when you can learn to love yourself, even beyond your own shortcomings and failures, is when you can expect to love another person honestly. Compassion and understanding is what love is all about. 

3. Life- As far as we know, we only have one life to live. It is my belief that direct experience is the sensation of life's meaning. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly we retain an experience that is unique to ourselves alone, while embodying attributes of a human experience. Through these human experiences we can understand what life is all about. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so live it right today. 

4. Health- Health stretches beyond what you feed your body, but also what you feed your mind. Health is the balance between the physical and mental states of an individuals being. Both your mind and body play a vital role in your own well being. It is essential to an individuals health to take close care of the mind and body. The highest state of health is when the physical body and mental plane are in equilibrium towards an individuals highest genetic potential. 

5. Circumstance- The forces beyond our control must be accepted if one wishes to make the most of it. We cannot control weather, but if it happens to rain you can grab an umbrella. We cannot control the randomness of chance, but we can control how we let it affect us. Accept what you cannot change, and change what you cannot accept. Do not wish for an easier life, wish for the wisdom to endure whatever life throws at you. Do not wish for an easier course, wish for the wisdom to set a better sail and utilize whatever life throws at you to take you wherever you want to go. 

6. Good and Evil- The forces of good and evil are in a state of duality. Without one, it is impossible to have the other. Without evil, it would be impossible to see the good in the world. Without good, it is impossible to see the evils in need of correction. By using good to rid the world of evil, and using evil to appreciate the good, we can live lives of greater significance and understanding. 

7. Happiness- Wishing for consistent happiness is like wishing for the summer to never end, it is naive at best, if not ridiculous. There is a time to laugh, a time to love, and a time to cry. Time will continue to happen, but the feelings will come and go. Rather than wish for consistent happiness, it is better to appreciate a life of poise and contentment. Rather than defining your life through your feelings, define your feelings through the life you live. 

8. Success and Failure- Success and failure are the outcomes of energy in motion. The difference between success and failure is a few simple disciplines practiced everyday. The lack of discipline and persistence is what leads to failure, but its implementation is what leads to success.

9. Opportunity- Opportunity is as vast as the stars in the sky, but you can only see it if you recognize its existence. Look to the sky and wonder what could be. Shoot your shot. There will be many opportunities throughout your life, and it only takes one to make it. 

10. Dreams- Dreams are the seedlings to greatness. Like a spice is to a meal, dreams are the flavor to life. The moment you pursue your deepest dreams is the moment you begin to savor the sweet essence of life. Without dreams life would be bland and tasteless.Without dreams, nothing would be. It was a dream of the Wright brothers to develop a machine that could fly; it was a dream of Henry Ford to develop an automobile affordable for the common man; and it was a dream of Dr. King that one day his children could live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. It is dreams that make life great. Follow yours. 

       How dedicated you are to the achievement of your ambitions will be the greatest factor in how 2019 plays out for you. Reflect on the past and accept what has already happened. Learn from the experiences you have had, and develop a course in which you wish to sail. The year has just begun, and you can make it however you so choose. Happy New Year, and may 2019 be your best year yet.