Look, listen, learn for happy 2005

Lynn Moncus

Whether or not we are ready to hang new calendars, we might as well face the fact that we are entering a new year and will proceed into 2005.

Whereas, some people spend much time and energy making New Year’s resolutions; others of us just face the year head on and take it one day at a time while going on with life as usual.

We may look ahead as we make plans for various occasions, but we know better than to make promises that we’re apt to break before the end of the first week. If we have a modicum of common sense, we are fairly sure that we will continue following our long-term goals and dreams and that we will add a few of each as necessary.

Many of us simply aren’t apt to change our habits and actions to any great extent might as well continue to work on our strengths while also trying to improve our weaknesses. By making a plan or two each day, we then go on to the next and hope that at the end of 2005 we can see a little progress.

As we look back at 2004, we are aware of both progress and regression and wonder if we can avoid some of the latter in the coming year.

We know we will have a few rocks in the road as time passes and want to make sure w have the strength to move them aside or to skid around them. As we hit those impediments, we can usually get around them fairly easily if we will do a little thinking before adding further frustration.

By chipping away at the larger boulders, we can make a little progress each day and avoid losing focus. We may see that we don’t have to move those large boulders because we can ease our way around and go on to the next one. which may be pitched aside with little trouble.

We can also reflect on the past in order to note some things we can avoid because we have learned from previous experiences. Such reflection causes us to use the knowledge we have collected and allows us to proceed to a new level without being slowed by past mistakes. If we have looked, listened, and learned in the past, we can face each day and continue learning.

Those three “l’s” make our lives quite simple if we just remember to follow them. They sound almost elementary, but they can be rather difficult to follow because we tend to close our eyes at the wrong time, talk when we should be listening , and avoid learning because we haven’t followed the first two.

Many of us find that listening is the most difficult to follow because we tend to close our eyes at the wrong time, talk when we should be listening, and avoid learning because we haven’t followed the first two.

Many of us find that listening is the most difficult of all because we are a bit too self-centered to think that anyone else has much to say.

Perhaps, we lack the needed humility that allows us to listen and to learn. As a result, we may try to move those large boulders without even thinking about leverage and may wind up with little but strained muscles as a result.

Let’s all look forward to the coming year, listen to others, learn from them, and try to make it the best year ever.

Happy 2005!