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  • Writer's pictureGCI Auckland

Making our days count

Welcome to 2016, where you have 366 days to make a difference.

You might have set some goals, or New Years Resolutions, or be looking forward to some changes in your life. You may be wanting to shut the door on last year, when maybe things did not go so well. You may be wanting more time to enjoy with family, to have more time travelling, more time for study, or more time to dedicate to your career.

One day extra, due to the Leap Year, is not likely to make a difference.... or will it?

What if you decided to do something special or different with that extra day? Of course it isn't really an extra day tacked on to our lives, but we could, if we wanted, take time to make that day, and all the other days we have, count.

You have the power to decide, in the main, what you will do with your days. Despite our individual circumstances, there are plenty of things in our control, things where even if we can't change our circumstances, we can change our attitude or approach to life.

This year could be full of good things, or full of bad circumstances, but either way, you have the power to decide how to take things. And you have the power to decide the direction or focus you will have. Each day is an opportunity. Do you want to make the most of these opportunities?

A wise person wrote in the Psalms: Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. (Psalm 90:12 The Living Bible)

Is there room in your life for charity work or volunteering? Is there room in your life to plan a special day for your family? Is there room in your life to mend a relationship? Is there room in your life to search for deeper meaning? Is there room in your life for going to church? Is there room in your life to "pay it forward"? Is there room in your life to give blood? Can you make time to care for our environment, even in small ways? Is there room in your life for joy, laughter, dancing, music, and soul-uplifting moments? Is there room in your life to cherish your loved ones? Is there room to share your blessings, to be generous?

Are you feeling like there is little room left? Perhaps we need to de-clutter our lives of some "busy"ness, and the pursuit of "things". Maybe we need to stop doing some things - that are harmful, time wasting, or unproductive, so we can make more room to start doing better things. Focusing on better things will help us to control and minimise the things that are getting in our way. Planning for "good stuff" will help us remain on track with our goals. Make a conscious effort, and you will be on your way to better things.

You can make it happen. There's room for all of this, if you want it.

You can make a difference.

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