Brenda’s Beat

A column by Brenda Dominick

2018 – bring it on!

So I’ve decided to take a positive approach to reflect on all things 2017 and look forward to 2018…just because…why not?

Every week or so, I show a couple of motivational videos to my kids in hopes they will get inspired, or at least get a smile on their faces.

Of course, there are times, here and there, with the crabby, ’tween moments like chore time, homework time and bed time, when I remind the kids about the “words of wisdom” expressed in these videos.

For the most part, the ‘words’ have made a pretty good impression on them.

One of the great benefits of being an American is the promise of tomorrow. We have so many opportunities to challenge ourselves and become a better person; whether it’s at home, at work, or in the community.

Matthew McConaughey, one of my favorite actors, made a very thought-provoking speech while accepting an award at the 2014 Oscar Awards. He
mentioned that one of the things that he needs every day is someone to chase (his hero), which is the person he is going to be in 10 years). McConaughey added, “it keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.” Inspiring.

One of the core values I try to instill into my kids on a daily basis is leadership. From time to time, I use real life situations to make an example of how they should be a leader, not a follower.

Denzel Washington, another great actor, used words to inspire leadership during his commencement speech at Dillard University. He said, “Claim it, work hard to get it. When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.” Powerful.

Of course, my biggest personal goal for this year is to lose some weight and keep it off. Better said than done I know. Luckily, the holiday season has ended, which means the carby and sugary temptations have also ended. Thankful.

So, what inspired you about 2017? What are you excited about 2018? Whatever your goals, dreams, or plans are, I hope these words of inspiration will
brighten your heart and give you hope for the new year!

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