This is the last week of this old year. Has it been a wonderful year for you or just so so?
What are your goals for the New Year? How are you going to be different this time next year from what you are now?
I have great plans for this coming New Year. I just started reading Kevin Hall’s book, “Aspire, and he introduced me to a new word, Genshai (pronounced Genshy). It is sort of like charity but different from charity in this way.
One of the definitions given by Webster’s New World College Dictionary for charity is, a voluntary giving of money or help to those in need.
If I walked down the street, encountered a beggar and causally tossed him a coin, that might be considered charity but it would not be Genshai. If I were to get down on my knees and look him in the eye when I placed that coin in his hand, that coin becomes love. Then, and only then, after I had exhibited pure, unconditional brotherly love, would I become a true practitioner of Genshai, which means never treating another in such a way that he or she feels small.
So one of my new year’s goals is to never make anyone feel small by something I have said or done, and that someone includes me. You know some of us have real negative self-talk. We say things about ourselves without thinking about it. If someone else were to say to us what we sometimes say to ourselves, we would want to fight.
Kevin also inspired me to create another goal for this New Year. I am going to learn one new word each day. I am going to learn everything there is to know about each word, where it originated, how it was used then, and how the meaning has changed over the years. If I do this each day, just think of how much better off I will be this time next time. And it will not have cost me more than a few minutes of my time.
Now what are your goals for this coming year? How are you going to be better next year than you are today? Which one of your negative attitudes are you going to shed? Where are you going to improve in order to become the person you should be?
I am going to express my love to my family more, especially my wife. Like a lot of men, I don’t tell her I love her nearly enough, and although she knows this, it sounds good for her to hear it, no matter how queasy it makes me feel to say it.
I am wishing you all a great and prosperous new year.
I have made it my goal in life to help every Baby Boomer finally become who they were meant to be.