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Quiet Time…….

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

We are now in that lull betweet Christmas and New Year. Many people will be heading back to work tomorrow, others will be at home until the New Year starts. I talked a little in my last post about the New Year and resolutions. This morning I have googled New Year resolutions and found news that wasn’t surprising to me. People make the same resolutions year after year…….

I have compiled a list from my research and you will not be surprised by the results! Let me know what you think:) The top ten resolutions appear to be:-

  1. Spend more time with friends and family
  2. Get fit
  3. Lose weight (no doubt linked to number 2!)
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Enjoy life more
  6. Control/stop drinking
  7. Pay off debts
  8. Learn something new
  9. Help others
  10. Get organised

Nothing too startling then on the list. I am heartened by numbers 5 and 9 as resolutions shouldn’t all be about self-punishment for your perceived weaknesses. We all have weaknesses and we all work to rectify them. Don’t think that everything can be solved just because the clock strikes midnight on one day. We all know about the gym memberships that have been taken up in the New Year ‘sales’ and you need to pay for 12 months even though you only use it for 2.

All of the resolutions above are well meant and I am sure well made as we use this quiet time to compile our list. However, I would like to make a few suggestions for the list:-

  1. Smile more. Even when you don’t want to, face the world with a smile on your face. It can be very hard to do this but you will benefit. Smiling at the world works, when you face people smiling they will reciprocate and you will find that your mood lifts at the same time. This may seem over-simplistic but why not try it and see?
  2. Make your resolutions small and specific. ‘Help people’ is a very broad ambition and can seem too large to effectively achieve. Why not decide to visit an elderly neighbour twice a week, perhaps invite them over for tea if they don’t have family to watch out for them? Alternatively, volunteer for one small organisation trying to good in your area. It is hard for one person to change the world but it is easy for one person to do one good thing.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up when it all goes pear-shaped! The thing about improvement is that it is hard to break habits that you have had for a long time. You will stumble on any road you choose for yourself but it is only a stumble. One or two lapses don’t make you a failure, they make you normal. You can always get back up and try again……

I will make my own resolutions, they will be small and personal to me. I want to achieve them and will work hard to do so. Number one on my list is to blog more, I will keep up my nagging so that perhaps you will donate to a children’s charity.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me and I will do the same for you:) You never know, we might succeed!

Just remember to take it one step at a time…….

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

December 28, 2010 at 11:58 am 3 comments


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