"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham


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Monday 5 Things ….. Quinque Verba …..

At the risk of sounding painfully obvious and cliché, it is hard to believe that 2019 is drawing to a close. That being said, I approach every new year with abundant excitement and anticipation. To double up on the clichés, for me, new years are clean slates, rich with possibilities and expectations. Long time readers of M5T know that I avoid making resolutions each year; rather, I look at where I’m at in life, what worked and what didn’t in 2019. What held me back and what propelled me forward? What do I need more of in my life and where I should be pruning to allow for healthy growth? Each December I pick five positive words that I want to reflect on and integrate into my life for the new year. With less than 48 hours from departing MMXIX with celebratory fireworks, obligatory champagne toasts and off-key, if not perhaps slightly drunken, renditions of Auld Lang Syne, these quinque verba and my thoughts on each word lead M5T into the double 20s. Happy New Year to you!

1. Fascinate.

Elevate and experience. Imagine and inspire. Allow yourself to be amazed. Adventure with abandon. Create and cultivate. Journey with joy. Awaken and appreciate. Behold beauty that is all around us. Be mindful of moments. Wonder wholeheartedly.

2. Fear Less (I know…two words but work with me on this one).

Conquer your challenges. Initiate innovation. Immerse with intention. Be balanced in your boldness. Begin. Build. Foresee with focus. Indulge with intention. Dream with determination. Persevere with possibilities. Cultivate confidence with courage. Breakdown barriers and boundaries. Reflect and rebrand. Think and transform.

3. Forgive.

Release and renew. Accept and absolve. Finish and move forward. Reclaim and refresh. Harmony comes with humility. Freedom can be found in forgiveness. Magnify mercy. Pivot to be the peacemaker.

4. Fellowship.

Foster true friendships. Grow with grace. Be a blessing to others. Support with strength when others can’t. Elevate and encourage. Inspire improvement. Challenge with compassion. Accept and appreciate those that love you. Balance your boundaries. Validate others vocally. Contribute with consistency. Cherish those closest to you. Invest in others with genuine interest.

5. Faith.

Trust in Truth. Invite intimacy. Believe and be blessed. Glorify with gratitude. Have a habit of hope. Pray with purpose. Expect with excitement. Receive and revive. Possess a peaceful perspective. Triumph through transformation.

What words will you choose for 2020? Here’s to blessings in the New Year for peace, health, and wild success for you all.

© 2019 D. Paul Graham, all rights reserved.

D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

You can find M5T each Monday here on www.southmag.com and by friending D. Paul Graham on Facebook. Paul is also a contributing photographer to South Magazine. His photographic work can be found on Instagram @dpgraham and at www.imageGRAHAM.com. Your feedback is always welcome. Email Paul at dpg@imagegraham.com