It's the first Sunday Morning Reflections of the new year. I spent part of the early morning hours lying in bed trying to think of a topic. This is a tough time of year for significant epiphanies since it's during what I think of as a flatline week. Think about it:
December is a flurry of activity for just about everybody. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, it's the busiest time of year on both a business and personal level. The year comes to a close, and there's nothing you can do to slow things down. New Year's Eve arrives, you celebrate, eat and maybe drink a little too much - take the next day to recover and then *POOF* it's a new year. You're expected to be even more excited about a fresh start and clean slate than you were just 24 hours earlier!
Then, to add to the pressure of wrapping up last year and kicking off this year, everyone makes a few new year's resolutions. Usually, they're things you should have been doing all along, but somehow we think because it's a new year, old habits will simply die and be replaced by new ones because we've willed them to be!
Here's my point for this morning: I didn't make any resolutions for the new year, but I do have a few things I'm hoping I can do along with all of you.
There they are, five pseudo resolutions, and all things we should have been doing all along. Nothing earth-shaking, but if I've learned nothing else as I've gotten older it's that life is too short to not enjoy it to the max. This new year has started off with some pretty amazing projects and old friends coming back into my life. I'm not going to waste a minute and neither should you!
Make it a day of chuckles and pat yourself on the back for a year in business that's been added to your foundation as a photographer, business owner or just part of the human race! Wishing you a day of peace and appreciation for everybody around you.
I'm staying with those eleven-second hugs, and for those just getting to know me - I read an article a couple of years ago about longer hugs having therapeutic value. If you don't believe me, give it a try. What have you got to lose?
Happy Sunday everybody!
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