Becoming a better person!

Dear Friends,

I am welcoming a quiet, beautiful Sunday morning in my home. My second
cup of Atenas coffee accompanies me to the terrace where my ears catch
the distant call of a single bird. I am writing a little bit earlier than usual
and the silence makes it easier for me to breathe in and appreciate the air
that surrounds me. Get out early today and make it a point to notice all the
beauty in the natural world and in your own life. Make a decision to live
a good day.

In the last few days, I have noticed there’s a breeze in the air; colorful lights
adorn storefronts and homes. Many of our neighbors have already decorated
their Christmas trees. Since I celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way, I have not
begun any Christmas preparations but I do know that we are just 35 days away
from welcoming 2018! It startled me a little this morning when I counted the
days on the calendar. How can the year be ending when it just began? I am
certain many of you feel the same way.

2017 has been a good year for me. I have been privileged to enjoy celebrations
that I had long anticipated and which I can relive through pictures and videos
that today’s technology makes available. This year will be memorable because
I have taken time to assess my life up to this point and really let it sink in that
time goes quickly. I have done my utmost to make necessary mental adjust-
ments so that I can endure and stay positive in situations that I can’t control.
My level of confidence and happiness as we head to 2018 is high.

We all want to flow with life and enjoy it to the fullest. There will always be
difficult times and events that will test us. Nature has been quite active in 2017
with devastating results for many worldwide. These are opportunities that show
our personal capacity to bounce back and transcend the challenges. Last year
I mentioned being hopeful that the surprise result of presidential elections in the
U.S. would lead to critical thinking and open dialogue resulting in real change.
I think it is important for all of us to serenely and honestly make an assessment.

My mom used to say that if everyone took responsibility for just the things they
signed up for, the world would be a much better place. I think of that statement
often and try to implement it on a daily basis. We can’t control everything out
there but we have the power to shape our own destiny. I strive to turn myself
into a better person by surrounding myself with uplifting people who have the
compassionate attitude that allows them to focus on solutions rather than blame.
My internal world has become a better place which I hope presents externally.

Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta

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