Hello, MMXIII!

2013

So 2012 wasn’t so bad, was it? 🙂

I learned a lot of stuff. Those ups and downs aren’t there for nothing, y’know. With that, I’ve come up with some new year resolutions! Just a few. Otherwise I would have difficulty keeping up.

    1. Be patient.
      Give everything time, even to being patient. Patience and results do not happen overnight. It takes practice, it takes time. Instead of giving up, keep calm and think of alternatives when things don’t go as planned.
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    2. Live by the Golden Rule.
      So what is this Golden Rule? It has many forms and origins, but they revolve around the same thing – Treat others the way you want to be treated. I am a Muslim, so I hold on tight to this particular hadith, which serves as a reminder for me:

      “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” — An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith 13 (pg. 56)

    3. Let go.
      Let’s face it. Life isn’t a bed of roses. It’s a cruel world out there, and people can be very mean sometimes. So instead of stooping so low to their level by fighting back, let go and hope/pray for the best in everybody. It may hurt and even stimulate those lacrimal glands, but hey, life’s too short to bear a grudge and dwell on the negatives. Keep the chin up and let go. Because God is just, the world is round and karma works its magic all the time.
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    4. Be realistic.
      I need to remind myself that I’m not Harry Potter/Sheldon Cooper. I don’t have magical powers nor a brilliant brain to manage a million things at a time. I’ve got too much on my plate last year. I was too optimistic when I set those crazy, unrealistic goals back then. I got involved in too many school and external activities at once. However, I don’t regret any of them at all, really. They shaped my time management skills and how I work under pressure. And if things fail, they remind me that I’m only human, not God. So now that certain things are off the list, I should do one thing at a time instead of being too hard on myself.
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    5. Make time.
      For family, close friends and self. Due to my optimism mentioned in #4, I didn’t have much time to spare for both groups of people and myself. Don’t get me wrong. I am a family-oriented person. To avoid feeling guilty, I decided I should make time for them. Doing things together as a family, having a good laugh with close friends.. It’s healthy, y’know? It strengthens the bonds you have with the people you love, and it lifts up your spirits too. As for myself, I should set aside a couple of hours to enjoy every week – leisure reading, catching up on sitcoms and pumping endorphin into my bloodstream.
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    6. Have a kind heart.
      Life isn’t easy because everybody has their own goals to reach and challenges to overcome everyday. Do not be quick to judge when someone does something wrong. It may be an honest mistake. So lend a helping hand instead. The saying that goes “In order for me to succeed, others must fail,” does not work at all. There is no good in rejoicing over the failure and misery of others because one does not simply reap positive benefits out of it.
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    7. Have faith.
      We can plan all we want and work as hard as possible to achieve something, but when things don’t go the way we want them to be, remember this: Everything happens for a reason. Sounds cliché, I know. You may not see it through the complete mess your foiled plans have made, but things will eventually fall into place. Beautifully. I dare to say that simply because I’ve walked down that road a couple of times before. 😉

So there you go, my seven resolutions for the new year. Hope it’s enough. Hahah. Have a good 2013, everybody! 🙂

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