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Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

2013 is now! Whether we were prepared to see another year materialize, it is here.

If you have been reading my column over the course of these 10 years, then you know that I am an advocate of New Year’s resolutions. I strongly believe that resolutions help a person to focus, to gain momentum, and to make progress in his or her life. Henceforth, whether you like New Year’s resolutions or not, allow me to share some words with you that will hopefully give you some encouragement and inspiration.

My mantra for the new year is “I don’t need to be the best, just the very best that I can be.” Very simple, isn’t it? Let me share with you what this means to me personally.

As human beings we have the propensity to compare ourselves to others to see how we measure up. This my friend, is such a futile use of our time. Why worry about others when God has blessed each of us with a life that we are responsible for? My desire in life is not to be better than the next gal or guy, but to simply endeavor to offer my very best as it pertains to first, my character, then my relationships, and then every other facet of my life.

Character is the starting point in my opinion. Think about it my friend, it makes no sense whatsoever to set a goal to be, let’s say, the fastest runner in the world if I am mean and hateful to others. It doesn’t matter how many goals that you accomplish in life, but it is all about the person that you become while on your journey. It is about the people who you come in contact with, and more importantly, how you treat them.

Succinctly, I do not have to be labled the world’s best poet, or columnist, or evangelist, or inspirational speaker, that’s not the focus. The focus is however, to apply myself, and utilize my gifts and talents, to my very best abilities. When I know in my heart that I have given my all, then that is all that I can do, it is simply enough.

Please do not misunderstand, I am not encouraging mediocrity, if we say that we are going to be and offer our very best, no matter what the pursuit, we should do just that. I suspect that my New Year’s resolutions will actually evolve into life goals, as I render my very best efforts with each passing day and each passing year. What will it be for you my friend? Happy New Year!

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