Looking Ahead

I am thinking ahead to 2020, thinking about the grade I will give myself for 2019. I am aiming for an A. Adopting the following mindsets may help.

ATTITUDE: Many times the difference between joy and misery lies in focus. Even science is getting involved in this idea. An attitude of gratitude makes a difference when circumstances don’t quickly change or improve. Over the holiday I saw a delightful Shirley Temple movie that perfectly illustrated this idea: The Bluebird of Happiness.

ACCEPTANCE: This is tough for the ‘fixers’ among us. Multitudes of issues lie outside circles of responsibility or ability. So are there tons of situations that CAN be affected though some might not be easy or fun to own up to. Fixating on what lies beyond scope of ability can steal joy, just as avoiding what isn’t can thwart peace and accomplishment.

AWARENESS: Is this maybe another word for mindfulness – being interactive with people, places and things around us, appreciating the simple and the natural? Awareness is the key to kindness to others and to care of self. Screens are complicating this, in some cases erasing it.

AUTHENTICITY: Being genuine amplifies the positive, helps in coping with the negative, and makes life easier.

Will 2019 be problem-free? No. But can it be amazing anyway? Yes. Happy 2019!

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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