Tuesday, January 5, 2010

annual do-over

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

As we pack away the ornaments and tinsel and hang the new calendars, also pack away the past. Thinking about the past is good for some things, memories, reflections, and even to learn from, but not for dwelling on.

So turn 180, put the past behind you and see the new year ahead, as clean and crisp as that new calendar you just received. Wipe your feet of any doubt or fear on the way in to this new year, new decade.

Time to start afresh once again, out with the old, in with the new. Sure, stuff happens, but today the slate is clean, all things are possible during this annual do-over.

a few thoughts for the new year:
hike more - work less
read more - write more
do more -surf less
read more labels - eat less junk
clear space - less clutter
more green - less waste
finish projects
do - learn - teach
be a better friend, mom, granma,
wife, sister, aunt, neighbor, person

I notice my new year list is dated January 5th… apparently I need to add - be more punctual or perhaps spontaneous?

And note to self - don't just make a list, make some definite plans or the next thing you know you it will be the new year again and you will wonder where the time went.


colleen said...

I thought of you yesterday, Susan. And then you visited my blog!

I like to save my old calendars like journals. I write all over them and they give a good indication of the year at a glance.

The other day I thought about nearing my 6th decade and it sounded so short. Thinking in decades makes me feel younger.

Happy New Year!

Motherkitty said...

I'm almost too lazy to do all those things. I do keep a calendar and I appreciate a clean slate. Setting goals is the hard part. I like spontaneous.

My new goal, however, is to fill my new stainless steel counter top composting pail which I received for Christmas. All the composted goodies will go into the garden.

My other new goal is to eat less junk, drink more water, get off my butt more, and stop cruising the Internet for countless hours. Playing games on FB has caused my brain to gellify. What's up with that?

Have I told you lately how much I enjoy your posts?

Stay warm. We're trying to up here in frigid Kentucky.