I really love all those selfies that Facebook friends post. Keep ‘em coming, peeps!
But this holiday season, I’m taking a short break from social media. It’s time for another type of selfie — and that is self-reflection. I encourage you to try the same. In between the posts, take time to:
1. Be thankful. Chances are you’re among the top 1% of all people on the planet in terms of income, lifestyle and even basic needs — like water, for instance. On the average day, 26,000 people die in the world, and most of this suffering is due to the lack of safe, available drinking water.
2. Give. It’s not just money. Aim to donate 2% of your time in 2016 to a cause around which you can feel a genuine, human, emotional connection. That’s a total of a week of your time over the course of a year.
3. Be grateful you’re living in the best country in the world. Bitch and moan if you must, but warts and all, it’s the best. And many service men and women have given the greatest sacrifice of all to keep it that way for us.
4. Reflect. Be still. The morning is the best time for this. Don’t turn on the TV or computer just yet. Each day, find a few minutes to sit, think, meditate, pray. Unless being still already is a habit — and congratulations if it is — you’ll have to practically force yourself to do this. That’s because we typically fill our minutes, hours and days with activity. The best results come to you when the mind is quiet.
5. Remember precious ones who have gone before you. Toast those who have shaped you and prepared you for this fascinating and challenging and wonderful journey called life.
6. Love. Here’s my last selfie for a while … I’m with the snazzy van Aartrijk ladies: Lexy, Noel and Ellen. Merry Christmas! On behalf of the Aartrijk team, my best to you and those you hold dear in 2016.
Peter van Aartrijk is a sports junkie with uncanny insurance industry insight and a fondness for fun. After 20 years as a team-player journalist and public relations specialist, he decided it was time to call his own shots. In 1999, he started building a team of professional communicators — fun factor is a condition of employment — to clarify communications in an industry that’s often misunderstood and rarely considered the life o’the party. To prove he has a great sense of humor, Peter gave his company the unpronounceable family name he inherited from his Belgian ancestors. If only he’d give us their chocolates instead.