I went to bed last night in 2011 and woke with a cat jumping on me at 5:08 AM. Many thoughts were running through my mind at that thud when the biggest cat we own pounced on me. First: Kill the cat! I usually am up by then, but when I have a day I can sleep in I would love to stay in bed for a bit. Animals just do not understand sleeping in a bit!
Second, I thought about how much I had to get done before my husband’s side has Christmas. Everyone had other places on Christmas day so we are doing it today. Leaves lots to get done.
Third, my thoughts went to my family and how horribly much I miss them all. How I wish Texas was on the East Coast so I could be with them too. I woke hurting and wishing.
THEN: I realized I just woke up in another year! 2012! How fast the time has gone. I guess that is part of getting older, but I just can’t believe how fast time goes now. I do not accomplish near what I used to and poof, the day is gone, then the week and now…. the year!
In my email today there was a Cybersalt Digest. For those who do not get it I suggest it. He had a few quotes I will share with you:
“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
– Dave Beard
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
While the top two are humorous, the next two hit a bit of a chord with me.
“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
“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
It is a New Year. We may have failures, hurts, fears and regrets from the past, but we can make changes and begin to move on. A new start.
While not everything can be changed overnight like the year did, we can change our thinking, change attitudes, motives and such. With me, I will need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. slowly, and purposely reach out to God in faith. My family. My life changes here. Every fear.
Life is not smooth sailing. This year will be no different I am sure. In fact I am starting mine like many, big financial expenses hit us at the end of the year (like the washer and dryer both going! our car goes in the shop Tuesday and I have no idea what that will be) For me this provokes fear.
Clean page? New start? Mind adjustments? A new chapter in life, a new year.
While I can’t write my year and have it stress free, I can change and work on me as I approach the new year. I can draw closer to the Author of the New Year and trust HIM as the blank slate of this year opens up in HIS plans.
Happy New Year everyone.