Welcoming another year

Another new year ahead and today we sit and say goodbye to 2009. Perhaps you’ve looked back at this past year and thought all about the highs and lows it brought you, I know I certainly have in my own little way. Looking ahead I’m excited as there will be many changes unfolding in my life, new things to celebrate, some new ventures I’d like to see bear some fruit. Yet there is always that room for things to go a bit differently to plan, I always allow for a detour or two, sometimes having that allowance makes way for something even better than I could have imagined.

 I love how we all get here each year seeing an opportunity for change and some of us even have our resolutions to hand, ready to embrace a new year with some new habits. How so many sit and vow to commit to so many changes, I’m going to lose all this excess weight, I vow to give up smoking for good, no more drink for me this year I’m kicking the habit… The lists go on and on as I’m sure you are all aware. Many years ago I gave up making resolutions, I figure if I deserve a good kick up the backside I’ll do it when the mood strikes me during the year, not along with half the population on January 1st. Most importantly, I hate setting myself up for failure if my list was far too long, there’s nothing like starting a million projects and not seeing any of them actually finished. So instead, I always look back at the year behind me and embrace the new year simply with hope. I guess my resolutions look less like the statements above and more like I hope this year brings a change within me I am willing to accept, a spark of inspiration, happiness and good health to my family and good memories that I may enjoy reflecting upon at the end of the year. I suppose for me, embracing a positive year to come is far more important than whether I lose 100 pounds by bikini season. I’m not knocking those who take the chance to do just that, in fact I have a lot of respect for people willing to get up and make huge changes in their lives for the better. And hey, if the mood strikes me on January 1st to get up and excersise every day then I’d better get my running shoes on. I suppose the point for me is, I have to believe in the change to do it, I have to feel the motivation within me to know it will work, not say it for the sake of saying I guess I’d better. There’s simply no sense in beating yourself up to bits about you not being the person you feel you should be, why not praise in the person that you already are.

While you’re making your new year’s resolutions, if of course you feel the need to, do yourself a favor and make a list along side all those changes. For every change you want to make in your life, remind yourself of something positive you already have. If you vow to lose all that unwanted weight by bikini season, do remind yourself that already you’re sporting the most beautiful eyes, or the nicest feet, or even the proud owner of a butt that would make Jennifer Lopez scream in competition. Or maybe, even more importantly, that you simply are a wonderfully talented person. Just don’t go down on that sinking ship by the end of January wondering why you fail to make even one change happen, even the best runners fall over once in a while. Just remember your goals and get back up to dust yourself off for another attempt.

However you choose to welcome in the new year, I hope the year ahead brings you lots of happiness and good health. I hope you capture many moments you can reflect upon, recieve a million hugs throughout the year, say I love you more times than you can count and make a stranger smile even if just once.

 Happy New Year everyone!

*note: Picture taken from this site.

4 Responses to “Welcoming another year”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I'm not really one for resolutions either–they stress me out!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Eva Gallant says:

    What a wonderful, thoughtful post. I like the positive aspect of it. Thanks for writing this.

  3. Joanna @ The Casa says:

    Happy New Year! Stopping by from SITS.

  4. Rick says:

    I love it in Napoleon Dynamite where the brother finds his "soul mate." It turns out to be someone that he has absolutely nothing in common with. I think that a person finds a soul mate after they've been married to her/him for 25 or more years. The wife and I are going on 30. She is my soul mate.

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