A Change of Heart

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For many of us, our 2020 outlook was dingy at times and full of sharp edges at other times. It’s now a new year, and boy did it arrive in an explosive way. Last year, and its current new year counterpart, have kind of felt like we’ve experienced an entire lifetime of uncertainty tempered by acute feelings of fear and anxiety with no relief!

Who of us want that to be our 2021 way of being?

Not me. Same-o, same-o just doesn’t work for me. We cannot change what has transpired and have marginal ability to shape what is to come, but I relish the opportunity to control what is within my personal ability to control:

MY RESPONSE.

I choose to enter this new year by altering the way I respond to it. When I change my outlook, I have the chance of changing my response. When I change my response, I might be able to paint the way others choose to respond. If that sounds too good to be true, please know it is not. Everything we say and do influences those around us – whether someone living in our own household or the strangers we encounter in the community. We can choose to come from a place of possibilities rather than defeat; from a place of nourishment rather than a viral place of bitterness.

We are all harboring sad and bitter emotions – many of them resultant from the events of 2020. We can’t change the past, but we can create a better present that might turn into a more hopeful future. And let me tell you a secret…sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. Who knows, you might be so convincing, you’ll be able to drop your efforts at fakery and actually flourish in your new found well-being.

I want that for me, and I want that for you.

Won’t you give it a try with me?

6 thoughts on “A Change of Heart

    Gwen M. Plano said:
    January 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Wonderful article and I’m all for it. More than ever, I simply turn the sad parts of life over to our loving God and let go. 💗

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      Irene Olson responded:
      January 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

      It’s nice to not always have to be in control, isn’t it?

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    January 18, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Sign me up! I’m entering the year with a determination to stay in peace. I will guard it with my life. xo

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      Irene Olson responded:
      January 18, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Peace is worthy of everyone’s attention, to be sure.

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    Jerry Olson said:
    January 18, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Good article and a good plan.

    On Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 7:01 AM Living: the ultimate team sport wrote:

    > Irene Olson posted: ” For many of us, our 2020 outlook was dingy at times > and full of sharp edges at other times. It’s now a new year, and boy did it > arrive in an explosive way. Last year, and its current new year > counterpart, have kind of felt like we’ve experienced an enti” >

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      Irene Olson responded:
      January 18, 2021 at 8:53 am

      I think at the very least, it’s a good start.

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