When I think of September my thoughts usually go to the changing of the seasons, cooler nights, school starting,and the thought that the holidays are almost upon us again (didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?).
I’ve always thought of January 1, New Year’s Day, as the time we decide to make changes in ourselves. So it’s somewhat of a surpise to find that September is also officially Self-Improvement month. While I couldn’t find how this month originated, I do know that many of us are always seeking to improve ourselves in different areas of our lives. While you don’t need a celebration of self-improvement month to get started, it might just give you that little push you’ve been needing to take action.
Check out the Internet. There are many, many sites that give you ideas on how to improve yourself. Lifehack.org alone, has an article giving you 42 ways you can improve yourself. Other websites have day to day guides for self-improvement. These are worthwhile articles, and will help you reach your potential. We all can and should do things that make us healthier and wiser.
I have a bit of a different take on what I can do to improve myself and my world. It’s really very simple and difficult at the same time. It has often been called the Golden Rule. I need to work more on treating other people the way I want to be treated. I have to say this is something I am always striving to do, but I think self-improvement month is a good time to focus on it. It’s not earth-shattering, but I feel better about myself when I am more patient, less angry, and more tolerant of others and myself. That’s simple to say, and as I’ve already indicated difficult to do. So I’m going to try and stop myself from thinking, saying and doing things that hurt others, and more importantly, my own spirit. I’m going to accept other people’s kindness and pass it on to the best of my ability. In my own small way, I will improve myself and the space I occupy. Maybe this is unrealistic, but I am going to try, and, hopefully, be better for the effort.