Setting the Tone for 2014

Some people believe the first week or two of January will set the tone for the whole year. Personally, I think it’s a superstition that holds little weight. After all, how can two weeks in the middle of winter (or summer for those in the Southern Hemisphere) predict how the other fifty weeks in a year will be? But just for the fun of it, let’s take a look at what 2014 holds for me based on that superstition.

My year so far has been a mixed bag. We’ll call it interesting, for lack of a better term. In the last eleven days, I’ve dealt with the good — seeing a cousin for the first time in way too long and my dryer finally getting repaired after three weeks of not working. The bad — having to put my male cat down because of complications from a urethral obstruction. The weird — a winter storm that dumped ten inches of snow and brought wind chill temperatures colder than Mars. And the exciting — receiving the official release date for my next inspirational romance.

With a start like that, I can’t begin to imagine what the rest of the year will bring. It should be interesting, to say the least, but what will the tone be? Because I’m an optimist and don’t believe in coincidence, I think the tone of 2014 won’t be set by the events of the last two weeks. It will be set each and every day by me. I’m sure more bad things will happen in the coming months, but how I react to each incident is what really matters.

This year and every year, you have the chance to set the tone of your life each and every day. Bad things are bound to happen, but so will good things. You may be devastated by an event, but will you let that ruin your life or will you pick up the pieces and move past it to better things? You don’t have to be a victim of circumstance. A positive attitude can get you through the worst parts of life and keep you on the path to better things.

In 2014, I challenge you to put more focus on the good things than the bad. Look for things to be thankful for every day. It doesn’t matter how small they are. All that matters is that you find anything that makes you smile, brings you joy, makes you thankful for it. By the end of the year, you’ll look back on 2014, remember what you placed your focus on, and realize that it didn’t matter what happened in the first two weeks of January. You set the tone of the year with your attitude toward life.

Help encourage those who may not be having the greatest year so far. Share something good that’s happened to you or something you’re thankful for in the comments.

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