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Roz Shares: New Year, New Me… OR, New Year, New You!

Geez, my moods change like the weather lately.  I don’t like that…  I’m up one minute, down the next.  Sounds like a mental problem, yeah?  NO… 

It all goes back to the saying “To do the SAME thing and expect DIFFERENT results is the definition of crazy!”  It may not be crazy, but it will slowly, but surely, drive you crazy!

I can honestly say “I Like Me, in fact… I LOVE the person I have become.  I am kinder, softer and more compassionate.  I could not always say that as I did not come from that kind of warm and fuzzy background.  It was something I did not even know I had within me.

Last year I heard Joyce Meyer say something that changed everything for me from that moment on.  I was already in a place of unrest for a long time, but I could not put my finger on it or better yet, I could not put it into words.  Joyce brought it all home for me.  She said something like: “If I lived to me 90 or 100, I’ve already lived more than half my life already and I made up my mind to make the last third the best and most productive!”  This is pretty close, but I’m paraphrasing here.

What I Say…

At 66, I’ve lived more years than I have left and I want the rest to be as joyous, fun filled, productive, honest, full of contribution and learning and so much more. I’m committed to making this happen, no matter what!


Life is fleeting, it can change in a split second.  Ask me how I know.  Here are a few examples:

  • Most recently… I had been out when a severe storm hit – in some places it was a tornado.  I managed to “VERY carefully” get home safely – after the lightening subsided. I walked into my apartment building’s lobby, sent a silent Thank You up to God for getting me home safe, and the next thing I knew I was not walking to the elevator, I slid to the elevator as I slipped on the marble floor ~ because of the lack of a runner!  Maybe it was a life lesson of how quickly things could change.  I was fortunate as things could have been much worse — even though I spent over 5 hours in the hospital emergency room and am still sore.
  •  Two years earlier I was coming back from a two mile walk on Mother’s Day.  I had just picked up a few healthy treats on the way home and was heading back for a night of relaxation and excitement watching the Finale of Celebrity Apprentice.  As I walked, I was feeling very good about myself and my recent accomplishment (my 2 mile walk and my decision to eat healthier – this had been a new decision),  when the next thing I knew I was laying on the concrete face-down with a bloody lip and much pain.  I tripped on an uneven sidewalk that is still not fixed more than two years later.  That time I was stuck in for most of the summer and fall and only went out to doctors and to shop for food.  Still I was lucky I did not kill myself the way I fell.  So I count my blessings and move on, glad to be here – even with the lingering back pain.   Once again, my point… Life can change in the blink of an eye!
  • One last example:  A little more than four years ago I was walking down the halfway of my apartment when suddenly I saw a “drape like curtain come across my right eye!”  I rubbed it, shook my head and finally it cleared and my vision was restored — but I was left with a shadow in the peripheral vision of the right eye.  Two weeks later I was operated on for a “detached retina!” By the time I had the surgery I had “only a slit” of vision in that eye.  Once again I was fortunate, my eyesight was restored through God’s favor and an excellent Retina Surgeon who I am sure God was watching over.

When I was growing up you only heard of old people dying.  Now people die at any age — even little babies and small children who had their entire lives ahead of them – whose only crime was lying in their crib resting or on their way home from school when a stray bullet struck them dead or through a drunk driver’s negligence.

Today I sit here feeling very positive as I look to a New Year full of new achievements and changes.  This is not just lip service.  It has become more painful to continue doing things the very same way as I’ve done before.  I deserve more.  I want more and I WILL HAVE more! AND… SO SHOULD YOU!!!

I share this with you ONLY becausae I NEVER consider myself unique in my feelings and life’s challenge.  I just might be a bit more outspoken and honest to admit it:  “It’s time to move on as I am not happy with the way things are!”

If we don’t take risks we will surely live a life of failure… failure to have the experience of growing and sharing life’s experiences with others. Through every challenge there is a life lesson.  It could be as simple as: “Now I know what does not work!” OR, “WOW… I DID IT!”

Join Me…

One does not have to wait until a New Year to begin again.  EACH SECOND you have breath is a NEW BEGINNING!


I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the subject.  Please type them in the Comments Box below. I look forward to sharing with you. Let’s create a “community of encouragement and inspiration!”

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Roz Fruchtman