1. Live in the Now.
I will live in the Now. I will not let the past label me nor drag me down. And I will not place `salvation’ too much in the future. I will more fully embrace the moment (and situations) at hand.
2. See Correctly.
I will discipline myself to see better, differently. I will see the people around me, especially those immediately around me (wife, daughters, son) as radiant, successful, full of talent, super-heroes. And they will become what I see of them.
3. Enjoy People.
I will enjoy people more. I will party whenever and wherever possible. Instead of working all the time I will cram work in between people. I will put my work down, and listen and enjoy.
4. Enjoy My Body.
I will stop being critical of my body, my weight, my vanishing hairline. I will stand up straighter. I will feel and enjoy my body as I wake up in the morning. I will enjoy taking deep, long breaths. I will enjoy food and drink, and exercise.
5. Take Myself Less Seriously.
I’m going to give myself, my problems, my past, my hangups less mental energy. I am the only one who has really cared about that `stuff’ anyway. I’m not any worse than anyone else, nor better. I can just enjoy being one of many members of the larger human family.
6. Be More Intentional.
I am not a victim; nor am I powerless. If I put my mind to something, it will come to pass. I have great power. I will plan, and move forward, and leave the `making of it’ up to God. By this time next year my life `situations’ will be vastly different.
I will go about my day smiling, especially to strangers. Instead of being an `ass’ in my own little world as I go about my day, I will `let it go’ and smile. I will enjoy lighting up the faces of others as I do.
8. I will Love.
I will stop judging myself, the moment, and others around me. Seeing that I have the power to create my own hell, or heaven, I will exercise seeing us all as innocent, and endeavor to take us all into paradise.
9. And Listen.
I will shut my mouth and hear what comes out of the mouths of others. And then I will change my life and intentions according to what I have heard – for that is truly listening.
I will not worry about money. I will be a breath of fresh air in economic upheaval, or prosperity. Money is no more than a thought, a thing, paper, or digits on a computer screen. I have been so stupid. Money doesn’t bring happiness; happiness and wealth come from within.
I will love my pets. I allowed them into my world. They deserve more than being just fed.
12. Better my Environment.
I will think and work to improve the spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical environment around me.
I will not apologize if, on some mornings, I wake up in a haze, having forgotten some or all of this, to do whatever it takes to get clear again, whether it be my several cups of morning coffee, or playing my favorite song, praying, or seeing or thinking about something so beautiful it takes my breath away … whatever it takes to `re-set’, to allow love back into my heart, to smile, and get going again.