Start the New Year Off Right: “Practice What you Preach”

“If you’re gonna talk the talk you gotta walk the walk.”

New Year’s Day 2014!  Sitting in my man cave watching the Rose Bowl game, coughing, sneezing and feeling pretty crappy. Definitely not a very nice way to begin the new year. I started battling this cold last weekend and actually thought I was getting the better of it, so much so that we went out for New Year’s Eve dinner. We were only out for a couple of hours but apparently that was two hours too long or maybe it was the two beers I had with dinner, I’m not really sure, but by 11PM I felt like shit. I was all stuffed up and spent most of the night hacking my head off. Happy New Year to me!

1385986455490996So here I sit alone with my thoughts and a game I’m only halfheartedly interested in, Stanford? Michigan? Who in So Cal actually gives a damn. Sitting here this beautiful New Year’s afternoon thinking about what 2014 may hold in store for me and about more specifically my new year’s resolution. Through the years I’ve learned that instead of making a lengthy list of resolutions as many people do, it’s much easier to focus on one or two resolutions instead. After going back and forth on several possibilities I’ve finally settled on one.

When I began my blog three years ago I envisioned it a place where I could write about a variety of topics, personal memories, insights, current trends, news items, personal opinions, points of view, etc, anything really, that I had a mind to put to paper. Thus far that is exactly what I thought I was doing. However it has recently come to my attention that some of the comments I’ve made in past posts may have been interpreted as me taking what I can best describe as a “holier than thou” point of view  and that the opinions or recommendations I make about how one can or should live their lives insinuates that I personally am living my life in that manner.

If this is the case I apologize. I never thought that that was the impression I was giving. It was never my intent. As those of you who know me will attest, I am far from perfect, at best a work in progress, as most of us are. The things I suggest or talk about in my posts are the very things that I am trying to practice, the way of life I am striving for. I’ll probably spend the rest of my life trying. Believe me I know I don’t always practice what I preach to say otherwise would be hypocritical and I am no hypocrite. Change is never easy. Everyday I challenge myself to be the man I know I can be, to be kind, compassionate, understanding and loving. There are some days I come close and other days I fail miserably. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to start all over again. Actions speak louder than words.

ImageResourceNow getting back to my new year’s resolution for 2014. This new year I’ve decided to do a little work on myself, specifically in the area of practicing what I preach. I’m going to work on making sure that what I do matches what I say. I may not always be successful and there are sure to be some setbacks, there always are, but I’ll keep on trying. One day I want to be able to preach what I practice… one day soon…

Just a Thought,

JS

 

 

 

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One Response to Start the New Year Off Right: “Practice What you Preach”

  1. Love Ghandi’s quote–hippo!!! xoxox All any of us can do is try. I fall short often too but I just try again. Here’s to a great 2014!

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