Driving Home

Getting 2014 off to a new start

I went sky divin’,
I went rocky mountain climbin’,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying,
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’. Source

How have you approached 2014?

I have no pre conceived notions about the new year. None.

Last year was okay. Nothing special really.

I went full time freelancing, and it was not the best. I learned a lot. I networked, but I know I could have done better.

It was a lot of up and down.

Some people don’t set new years’ resolutions. I understand.

It seems that the only one we can keep is to not set new year’s resolutions.

More healthy? check

More frugal financially? check

Meet some goal? check

They are all there.

For instance, I want to call a football game as a color commentary.  That is really a fun goal. If it doesn’t happen, well, I won’t be too disappointed.

Then, I thought about how to approach 2014, and I heard a song on the radio I’ve heard many times.

Live like you were dying by Tim McGraw. It “stopped me on a dime” if you will (that’s a line in the song 😉 ).

What if we approached 2014 like the man does in the song? What if we thought hard and decided to focus on the things that really mattered. What if we lived  “Like tomorrow was a gift and you’ve got eternity, To think about what you do with it.”

What would we do with it? What would I do with it?

I don’t think I have the answers, but it made me think about how to approach 2014.

In 2013 I lost my dad.

I knew that was a possibility when the year started. He turned 73 and wasn’t in the best health.

However, it was a shock to the system when it happened in May. Everything came to a halt. Nothing else was important.

Sure, we have resumed life, but there is a big void. In spite of everything, the good, the bad, I think about it every day. Some of my friends say they think about it, some 10 years later or more. One of my friends recalled the death of her father on Christmas day 30 years ago.

So, if we aren’t promised tomorrow, how would we live today?

All the things we worry about today, they would be meaningless tomorrow.

We worry about things like website visitors and pageviews, business leads and sales, commission checks, emails, texts and more. The wouldn’t matter. They sustain today, but not tomorrow and certainly not eternity.

How can we leave a legacy? What is your legacy?

Do we spend our time helping others? Do we volunteer or donate to a worthwhile organization who is helping people who are struggling. Do we make someone who is dying smile?

These are things I think about.

Sure, I need to think about all of those other things, but maybe, they should be second to things that are lasting.

How are you going to spend 2014?

Are you setting goals and/or new year’s resolutions or are you trying to build a legacy and do things that matter?

And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying,