It’s right around the corner! Now is the time for reflections on a year almost gone by. What has the year meant to you? We remember the loved ones we have lost (R.I.P), and celebrate new life. 2008 has truly been the year of the baby, from a new addition to our clan, to babies born to friends and acquaintances.Here are some suggestions, not so much New Year resolutions but things to think about through next year if you haven’t already, in terms of generating new thinking or enriching one’s life. In no particular order:
- Try out a new recipe: You can find good recipes online that use inexpensive ingredients. Polish up on your mandazi making or pilau. Cornbread casserole is an easy and great tasting dish too. Spruce up your spaghetti with spaghetti cream sauce: heat garlic, tomato paste, half and half, and stir in drained spaghetti. Yummy!
- Volunteer: Find your calling and donate your time etc. It’s so fulfilling on both ends and even looks great on a resume. Visit volunteermatch.com for ideas.
- Try out salsa, belly dancing, or yoga: Fun! Look around for group deals with friends or couple discounts that you can enjoy with that special someone.
- Try and mend broken fences: Are you estranged from your family? Life is fragile. Find a way to break bread.
- Be happy. There is dignity in ALL work, as long as it’s not criminal, whether you are a bus boy, secretary, lawyer or whatever. Say hello to the security guard you walk by every day. Are you content? If you are, then that’s fine. If you’re unwilling to rest on your laurels, then start by listing out some baby steps to get you to where you want to be.
- What has God done for you this year? Hesabu baraka za Mungu. You have life, that’s a start.
- Read more, or start to: Join a local library or better yet, look up or start a book club in your area. The world of books can open your mind to different perspectives than you are otherwise accustomed to. Some good reads:
- Bridge Across Atlantic by Ibe Kaba (On my to-do list. Ibe did you say I can find it on Amazon?)
- Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
- Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
- The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Peace and favor!
Take it easy