Christmas is over and another year has come and gone. I’ll admit my schedule was pretty hectic. I traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to visit family and friends all over the country. It was exhausting at times. It would have been easy to take these opportunities for granted and pass on a few of these trips. It’s also easy to get frustrated with the attitudes you encounter this time of year, and it’s easy to get concerned when the stock market goes crazy, and our politician point fingers and get little done.

As we start 2019, I’d like to share the following thoughts and tidbits.

Family is Everything

Yes, they can frustrate you at times and yes they can annoy you. But they are your family. Enjoy them now because as we grow older, as our friends come and go, it’s family that is the one constant.

Be Grateful

No matter your financial circumstances there are people in far worse shape. Maybe you didn’t get the promotion you wanted or the raise you expected or maybe that Christmas present you so wanted did not appear under the tree. But remember there are people homeless and others struggling to make ends meet, so be grateful for everything you have in your life and make sure you give back to those less fortunate.

Stop and Smell the Roses

I know, an old saying but it’s true. The years fly by in the blink of an eye. Careers are important, but not at the expense of family and friends. Live in the moment because when you focus too much attention on the future you miss those moments that create memories.

Challenge Yourself

I often use the phrase, “Important things are seldom easy and easy things are seldom important.”  If everything you do is easy, step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You might be amazed at how good it makes you feel when you accomplish something by challenging yourself.

Ignore Social Media

I’m not saying to drop Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.. I’m suggesting that you don’t let social media define who you are. Put your phone away at dinner and engage with those around you. What you’ll learn about them will not be found on social media… and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I certainly could go on and I’m sure others who read this can add to the list. Just remember you only have but one life to live. Live it with honesty and Integrity and remember to always Choose to Thrive.