Tips for the New Year and Beyond

As you go into the New Year, I wanted to encourage you with one last post from 2014.

(1) Be you. This is not to say that we don’t all need to grow as people because everyone should develop into better people and learn from their mistakes. I simply wanted tonew-year-n-beyond encourage you to be who you are. You are unique and you should embrace your “uniqueness.” Go into the New Year being yourself, i.e. your best self.

(2) Be kind. With so much hatred going on in the world, we could definitely use a lot more kindness. (Despite the rose-colored glasses that some people may have on, hatred is very evident in the comment boxes of various news articles, videos, etc.) Even on social media, people have chosen to forget that there are actual people behind the profiles. Remember that just because there’s a screen in front of you, doesn’t mean you get to disregard people’s feelings. You may not always agree with a person’s views or actions, but that does not mean that you have to be a jerk about it. People are hurting and because of their hurt sometimes they develop a cold heart towards the world. Don’t be overtaken by hurt, but be kind to others. An encouraging word, a smile, and a kind act go a long way.

(3) Be more compassionate. Egos are getting bigger. People are so focused on “me, Me, ME!” Let’s flip that and begin to turn our focus towards others more. People always say things like, “I feel . . . .” Well, do you ever take time to think about how others may feel? Do you ever consider other people’s feelings or concerns? Do you ever consider other people’s experiences, or do you only value and trust your own? Have some compassion. Don’t be insensitive. It’s not always about you. You’re not always right.

(4) Learn to listen. Everyone’s shouting, but no one is listening. Learn to listen more and hear people out. As my father would say, “You might learn something!” At the end of the day we can agree to disagree, but don’t insult someone’s intelligence by claiming to have dialogue with them when it’s really just you talking over the other person trying to get YOUR point across.

(5) Finally, learn to be more appreciative. A thank you also goes a long way. This year has been a great journey, and I am so grateful for all of my blog readers! I wish you all the best on your future endeavors, and thanks so much for letting my voice be heard! I look forward to posting more inspiring blog posts in the future! Again, THANKS!

Hope these tips help you not just in the upcoming year, but for many years to come. Happy New Year, and happy jurist journey!

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