By: Todd Durkin
Happy New Year. As we embark upon the New Year, I want to wish you and your family a very healthy, happy, and harmonious New Year.
I want to share one of my favorite poems called “525,600 Minutes.” It stems from Gail Lynne Goodwin, from Inspire Me Today. I hope you enjoy it.
I also filmed a special New Year’s message from the beautiful beaches of San Diego, reciting the poem on “525,600 Minutes.” If you would prefer to listen to this message, click here: http://youtu.be/ANFvMgeAjYk
Or simply read the poem “525,600 Minutes” below:
“This New Year gives us the gift of more than 525,600 minutes. Many of us say we “don’t have enough time”, but for this next year, as with all other ones, we all get the same amount of time- about 525,600 minutes. What we do with the gift of these minutes determines the quality of our life, the level of our happiness, the value of the memories we create and the difference we can make in the world.
Our lives are determined by how we choose to live our 525,600 minutes each year. Minutes spent stressed or worrying are wasted. Fear not only kills our dreams, it also diminishes our minutes without providing productive results. None of our unused minutes can be saved as “rollover” minutes for the next year. None can be given to others and unused ones will be lost forever. When we look at our minutes from this perspective, it helps us realize the gift we’ve been given.
Therefore, here are some words to remember as you enter into the New Year and start spending your 525,600 minutes.”
Spend time with people you love.
Cherish family and friends. When we look back at a year, the things that usually stand out are times spent with loved ones, and the moments of connection with one another.
If you’re not having fun, go do something that IS fun!!!Spend your time doing what you love and what brings joy into your life.
Let go of the past. Don’t waste a good minute worrying about a bad one. Know that everything is perfect exactly as it is. Trust that there is a reason, even when you can’t see it.
Be positive. Realize you do have a choice, and choose to be positive in your thoughts and your actions.
Take baby steps and don’t give up! Keep moving in the right direction.Trust yourself and your abilities. Just because something didn’t yet work out as planned, doesn’t mean it won’t work out. There is always a way and you can’t lose unless you give up.
Embrace change. Resisting change is like trying to swim upstream. Instead, embrace it and go with the flow.
Connect with Nature. Watch sunsets. Talk to a tree. Listen to the wind. Taste the sweetness of a fresh apple. Study a leaf. Play with a dog. In all things, find your connection to something bigger than you.
Love life! Do what you love and love what you do. Happiness comes from spending minutes doing things that bring you joy.
Laugh! Relax, be playful and remember, life is meant to be fun!
Expand your world. Learn about other cultures, celebrate our differences and find common ground.
Create a vision. Write down 100 things you want to accomplish this year and share it with someone you love. Create a vision board to keep your dream alive!
Dream BIG! Dream big dreams and trust that you’re on the right path to make them happen. You deserve the very best in life- claim it!
Listen to your inner voice. Many times, wisdom comes to us in silence.
Spread kindness. Connect with one another. Share a smile. Perform random acts of kindness. Choose love. Be love. In all things, love now.
Exercise your mind and your body. We only grow old when we’re stagnant. Move and grow.
Pause. Breathe. Take time for yourself. Know that you matter and remember, you must first fill your own cup before you can give to others.
Pass it on. Give. Share. Give away things you don’t need. Share love and resources with others, remembering that blessing flows more easily through a stream without a dam.
Pay attention to serendipity. Live connected to something greater than yourself. Open unto and into the possibility of life. Live with faith and hope as a part of your life instead of apart from them.
Be grateful. No matter where you are, express gratitude, knowing that what you focus on grows. If you’re going to create more of something, let it be gratitude.
Be conscious of your thoughts. Know that your thoughts hold the power to create tomorrow’s reality. So think good thoughts. Dream big dreams. Celebrate the moments of your life.
Be YOU! You are so very beautiful; so let your light shine. You are an unlimited being with infinite potential. You have no limitations except those that you place on yourself.
Today, in this very moment, you have the chance to start anew. Embrace the moment, be grateful for the opportunities and truly celebrate the moments of your life. A new year filled with more than 525,000 minutes is waiting for you. Invest them well. Make each one of them count, and have a blessed and very Happy New Year!”