No to Resolutions; Yes to New Paths



2016 is the year to take the “bull by the horns” and forge a new path. The 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics “American Time Use Survey”, revealed that in addition to work, caretaking, household activities, and the basic logistics of day-to-day living, on average, most adults spend 2.5 hours/day on leisure and another 1.6 hours on “other”. To me that means we have a little over 4 whole hours a day, in which we can detach from our “smart” devices, turn off the TVs and use that time to forge new paths that will help us reach those goals we have been frustrated by, in some cases for years. Some of us have tried to lose the same 10 pounds for decades. Others have realized long ago they needed to make changes to their relationships but never followed through. Still others have struggled with serious debt yet continued the same spending habits that got them there in the first place.

Well enough about common problems, what about possible solutions??

I don’t particularly like the term “New Year’s Resolutions”, but I DO like the idea of forging new paths. In each day, we ALL have the time to take a walk down those paths and do a little more to live up to our potential.

The life of Leonardo da Vinci provides us with one of the greatest prototypes for what it means to fully develop one’s talents to make the world a better place. Some label him as a genius, but in reality, he was human—just like you and me. Placing him in an unrealizable category only lets us off the hook in terms of facing up to what each of us needs to do to get unstuck and make our lives all they can be. In reality, Leonardo had the same raw materials that you and I have. He just spent his time focused on developing them and funneling them into concrete action. That is how goals are attained. Reflect on  Solutions. Spend the time it takes to put them into Action. That is how we make our own lives exemplary. That is how we can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must DO.”

—–Leonardo da Vinci

Happy New Path to my Readers,



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