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Nature’s Look at New Year’s Resolutions

Have you ever thought about the fact that the water we drink today is the same water the dinosaurs drank millions upon millions of years ago? With the help of a pretty niffy concept called the water cycle the same water that falls in our Brazilian rainforests,  that fuels hydroelectric power, that sits in our gutters, and swirls in our toilets is the same water that has nourished every living being since the beginning of time. The same water that sustains us today has moved continents,and carved the landscape, was the life source of ancient civilizations, and formed the first glaciers.  There are currently more than 7 billion people living on our planet, making the demand for water larger than it has ever been. Yet, despite the countless lives that depend on our water supply, not a single drop has needed to be added  to meet the timeless demand. From the beginning, the same water that first formed the oceans has always had the potential to quench the thirst of billions for years to come. Its an incredible feat when you consider nothing needed to be added in order for the water that began our world to be enough even now.

I wonder how our new year’s resolutions would change if we considered that we might be like water, made in a way that nothing needs to be added to be enough. Just like water, we were created with timeless potential and have the capacity to feed our environment simply by being who we were created to be. Too often new year’s resolutions are a time to assess our greatest perceived inadequacies and resolve to change. How would your approach to this year’s resolutions differ if you made them with the assumption that you already have everything you need to achieve them—whether it be the right relationships, the creativity, the will power, the courage, the wisdom, or the sheer ingenuity to create whatever possibility is necessary to become all you were intended to be?

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”- Wilma Rudolph

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Well thats Amusing…

During this holiday season, I had the blessing of an extraordinary amount of free time.  At the beginning of my break, I had grandiose plans for what I would accomplish—give all my childhood clothes to charity, take a day trip to Philly for some cheese steak, complete a 2011 Vision Board, journal every day, visit with all my childhood friends, blog everyday, catch a show in New York, feed orphans in Somalia, run for President and…well, you get the picture. Now as I reflect on the past few weeks, I realize they amount to little more than hours of C list movies and an absurd amount of time admiring photos albums of people I couldn’t care less about on facebook, with a few interruptions to share an irreplaceable laugh with friends and family. Now if I was some big movie buff with a strategic list of must-sees, it might be different. But I am definitely not a cinematic fanatic and I watched some TERRIBLE movies. For example, why I spent two hours of my life that I can NEVER get back watching a horror movie about a woman who has manhood-devouring teeth in her vagina is COMPLETELY BEYOND ME. But it was amusing at the time and so I surrendered to its mind numbing allure and watched—attentively.

The word amusing is an interesting one. At its root is the word “muse,” which means to think, to dream. Its prefix, “a,” means without, not, or lacking. So to be “amused” literally means not to think, not to dream, to divert your attention, to do the OPPOSITE of using your mind in a productive way. Its mind blowing to think about much of our lives is spent in the mindless state of amusement. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, stats show you are spending about 8 ½ hours a week on facebook. Do the math and you will find that at the end of the year, the better portion of a month (17 days) is spent checking newsfeeds and stalking people through photo albums.

Its amazing what one can accomplished when time is invested instead of merely spent. In a mere 8 days, the crew of Apollo 11 completed their historic walk on the moon. In 14 days you could drive across the entire continental United States… twice, and if you have a lead foot maybe even three times. In half a month, people have seen the top of the world by ascending Mt. Everest. And in just 17 days, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.

In 2011, I want to join the ranks of Everest climbers, astronauts, and Thomas Jefferson by using every ounce of the gift of today to scale up the impact of my tomorrows. Resolution: I committed to eliminate the “a” from my “amusements” so that each moment is invested, not spent.  How much time could you gain by taking the “a” from your “amusement?” Are you spending your time on a-musement or investing it well through your musing?

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