A New Beginning

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

T. S. Eliot

Remembering the Poppies

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-by John McCrae, May 1915

The Fruit of Knowledge

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

– Miles Kington

Near The End Review

Another two months of my happiness project have come and gone. Things went great and so much has changed in just two months. It only takes a little time to get things going if you work at it and it is something you want. One of my harder goals during September and October was to work on my confidence and self esteem. I did this by complimenting myself everyday. It was hard since I didn’t want to say the same thing everyday and had to think of different things to compliment myself about. Other days were hard since I genuinely felt I had nothing to compliment myself on. As days passed and the compliments were said out loud I started to believe them and they made me feel better. So far it was the hardest goal of my happiness project but definitely the most worthwhile and rewarding.

The next and final two month of my happiness project will be dedicated to having fun and being more social. As an introvert, ‘fun’ and ‘social’ don’t often occur in the same sentence. This is going to change. I am going to do one fun thing a day, it doesn’t need to be anything big as long it is made me smile and it was fun. I am going to be social at least once a day. This does not include being social while at work, it’s kind of part of the job. I also plan to make fun and social happen at the same time at least once a week. These are my new big goals and I also plan on working on a few small things that I still want to improve from previous months.

I set my goals.

I have a plan.

Action!