I’m back to my blog today. I haven’t really turned on my computer or done any media work in several months. I’m now in the process of building a new website and installing apps. So for 2018, instead of setting a new years resolution like a gym membership, I chose to set three words to live by.
Health – I have been seemingly unwell the past few years, and my doctor kept playing it down because all my lab work was fine, but it got bad enough where I had to see a specialist and get diagnosed with a chronic illness. Although it took a while, taking care of my health was my first goal, and as of January 2019, I’m feeling great.
I know a lot of people who don’t do that. One of the health reports said most of your cancers and illnesses wouldn’t spring up if people ate more balanced diets and exercised, and so I’m trying to eat more vegetables and fruit. Then there’s sleep. I had a boss, and I have a co-worker, both sleep about three or four hours a night and they work excessively. This can help you out financially, but it’s terrible on your physical and mental well being.
Kindness – My uncle went down south to visit my cousin for Christmas, and my cousin warned him going into the store wasn’t like up north – if the cashier asks you how you’re doing they actually mean it, and they might hold the line up with conversation. As someone who works in retail, I have a lot of mixed results. I have regular customers who are just the nicest people, and then I have ones who will refuse to acknowledge your existence if you try and say “Hello, how are you today?” And I should say it’s very rare, but once in a while, I get a customer who acts just completely hateful towards a store employee. The one day I even went through the line of a cashier who was incredibly rude to me. People can wear you down. People lie, and cheat, and steal, and abuse situations, but there is also a lot of good in the world and I found such good starts with me. Well, actually it starts with Jesus and gets passed along to me, but you understand. So at work and in my personal life, I have been trying to show kindness to people and live out my faith.
Prayer – Prayer is the third one that isn’t always popular. Going to the gym, reading the bible, none of it’s popular. I had to work on getting to work five minutes early every day and praying in my car for the day to go well. Some days I really needed that focus. So a person who prays takes their focus off themselves and directs it towards the people and
events around them as they have a conversation with the Almighty. I was praying for my life to go somewhere and I was praying for my health and a relationship. I eventually met someone online, we met up for coffee, we found out all the things we have in common, and every day has been great. She is a solid Christian woman, and we go on all sorts of adventures together.
I have to keep praying though, new events are always coming up, but I also have to find myself a new job in either media or something similar. I hope 2019 will be my year. Prayer… Trust… Wisdom…
– James –