This year, my new year’s resolution is to be more like Amar. Maybe it’s because we both share an early morning paper route experience – which nearly killed me on multiple occasions. I’m sure that’s a small part of me taking a liking to Amar. But mostly its how I feel when I observe how he lives his life, because he is the real deal, the salt that has not lost its savor – the type of person that helps make this world go around, instead of thinking the world should go around him.
I want to be more disciplined, up every morning by 5:30 AM to refresh my body, mind, and spirit.
I want to wake with a yearning to learn, and the humility to submit to the process of learning.
I want to methodically work at what I want, ignoring distractions, comparisons, and possessions.
I want to dissolve any feelings of entitlement, and remember that learning, living, and striving are divine opportunities.
I want to sacrifice , by my own choice – not by the compulsion of others – for the good of those I care about.
I want to develop what Neal A. Maxwell called the portable traits of love, patience, kindness, humility, leadership, and creativity – for these traits, while not “easy to develop, will never be obsolete.”
I want to take advantage of all the abundant opportunities that surround me, however limited others may see them to be.
My wish this year is that the entitle-minded generation were a bit more like Amar in 2013. I think we’d have fewer excuses, more men of substance, and a people willing to work for what they need, rather than whining for what they want.
Thank you Amar, for being you.