The Blank Page

January 14, 2014
Angie Mcallister, ChangingAging Contributor

Typically I close each year reflecting on the things that transpired over the course of the year. This year, I want to do something a little different. I want to give you  a challenge for the coming year.

This morning I noticed a quote pop up on my Facebook page that has struck a chord in me. The quote said “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”  Wow, I thought about this all day. The phrase, write a good one just running over and over again through my head.

What if we truly viewed the coming year as a book? What if we were silly enough to think we could fill every single day with a story powered by our vision? Do you see how much we could accomplish?

While I am thankful for all of the wonderful accomplishments we have had in 2013, we have barely scratched the surface of what could be. Think about if you committed to deeply create change in a positive and meaningful way in 2014? Then what would happen? What if each morning you posed a simple question to yourself and those around you; how will we write our story today?

I want to inspire you to join me in 2014 to create something far larger than any of us have ever done before. Let’s not become complacent with the journey we are on but strive to move forward to fill the pages of our book.

I want to see chapters written about how  together we overcame the restraints of the institutional model and created true homes for Elders in our care. I can’t wait to read about the choices that will fill the Elder’s lives concerning things we all take for granted like bathing, eating and activities. I know the book will contain great stories of purpose and passion as together we create strong quality of life for all those living in our homes. Most importantly, I can’t wait to reflect next year on the book we will write because it will represent pages filled with love, passion, purpose, adventure, and life.

In 2014 I commit to making a deep dive into bringing meaningful change to those I can. I hope to write a new story because there is “much work left to be done” and I leave you with one question-“What will your story be?”

Read more of Angie McAllister’s great posts at her blog Quality of Life.

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