"Do not think of your faults, still less of others' faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes."
- John Ruskin
I realize you've probably heard this a hundred times, but I'm going to say it again anyway: IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE! This time, instead of saying, "Ya, ya, I know, whatever" really think about it. Do you believe this? Or do you often find yourself thinking things like, "I'm just not smart, how can I get good marks?" or "I'm not a patient person, that's all!". We decide from a very young age what kind of person we are, both from things we are told by our parents, friends or siblings and from comparing ourselves to those around us. This idea of our strengths and weaknesses molds the friends we choose, the careers we gravitate towards and nearly every other life decision, big and small, that we make. But are they all really true? Just because your brother was the athlete in the family and you were the smart or artistic one, for example, does that mean you can't master a sport yourself? Of course not!
Although it's true that we are naturally better at some things than others, discounting the things we think we're not good at can close a lot of doors. The fact is, if you have just accepted a character flaw like being a gossip or lazy, you are making excuses. All it takes is awareness, the decision to make the effort needed to change, and a new perspective. You may occasionally slip into your own ways but you are only human. So with yet another year almost gone by, take the time to think about how you can be a better person. Question the way you think about yourself, and make a plan for a new beginning - which, thankfully, comes not only on January first, but every day of the year.
by T.L. Scribe