New Year, New Resolve

000.2The last day of 2014 has dawned cold and bright in my part of the world. The sun is shining and there’s barely a skiff of snow on the ground…a far cry from last year when the weather kept planes–and holiday travelers!–grounded for days. I’m hoping, of course, that this is a positive omen and we have a somewhat calmer, less stormy year in store for the world. Being a bit of a realist, however, I’m not holding my breath on that… 😉

What I am doing is taking the whole new-year-new-page theme as a chance to refocus my own personal energies. I’m not big anymore on the idea of making grandiose resolutions, mostly because I’m not big on the idea of deliberately setting myself up to fail…and because I’ve decided that an overall mindfulness with regard to my health is far more positive than a short-lived determination to lose 20 pounds or visit the gym ten times a week. 😉

Instead, I’ll take this transition between years as a reminder to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for. A chance to reaffirm my values as a human being, a wife, a mother, a friend. A moment to pause and take stock of what I’m doing right, and then move forward with a calm determination to do more of that. More of being aware of my connectedness to others, more of reaching out with a smile, a word of support, a small kindness…anything I have the ability to do that will make a difference, no matter how small, in someone else’s life. I may not be able to save the somewhat terrifying world we live in these days, but if I can lift someone’s spirits or make things easier for them in some way, then I will have done good. 

And that, my friends, is the kind of resolve I can live with. 🙂





2 responses to “New Year, New Resolve”

  1. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    I think do all those things now. Just keep on keepin’ on! Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. Linda Avatar

      My thinking exactly, D.D. Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

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