This is something I've been thinking about a lot, and it's something I'd like to keep in mind as we go into the next year. This is, I think, important to remember when determining my goals for the coming year.
To put it as simply as possible:
I am not you.
You are not me.
And that's okay.
Different things are important to me than are important to you.
My goals may not be the same as your goals.
My style isn't your style.
My taste in music might not be your taste in music.
And none of this stuff is bad. :) This is all 100% okay, in fact, it's GOOD. You know why? Because we can't complement each other if we're not different.
This does mean, though, that there are some things that I need to be more conscious of, whether it's "natural" to me or not. Things like "just because I don't care doesn't mean it's not worth caring about," or "just because it's super important to me doesn't mean I should insist it be just as important to other people." My goals are for me, not for others.
So when I'm making my goals, the questions I need to ask are (in this order):
1. Does this honor God?
2. Will this improve the way I treat myself and others?
3. Will this harm me or others?
The things you think are important to remember may not mean anything to me. The things I get really excited about may look boring to you. Those are both okay. As long as we treat one another with respect and love, whether or not I am excited about your niche interest is not important.
What about you? What are you keeping in mind as you make your goals for next year?