December 30, 2008

What Are You Doing New Year's?

Every December 31st without fail I have certain goals in my head- resolutions for the New Year to come. And almost always they are great things to aspire to, but not always reasonable. And by February are long forgotten. I'm not talking about promising myself to join the gym and fit into my size 4's again (yes, I once had size 4's) sigh. I'm not talking about giving up chocolate or fast food or pop or things of that nature.

It's the stuff we might not even say outloud or write down. The things more spiritual. More life-growing and character-building.

These things have taken on a new meaning to me. In areas where I think I need to start over or be someone new, I am now seeing that I can stay me. I can take the things that I don't like or would like to improve and, well, improve them. Make it better. Fix it.

How incredibly "green" it would be to stop throwing out ourselves and just conserve. And reduce, reuse, & recycle within.

Personally, one area of myself I'd like to fix is how I see the world. I'd like to take more time to see the world how my children do. To take more moments to consider their perspective instead of my own. And the same goes for my friends. And family. As much as we are all alike, we are just that much more different.

We are going about this life, living day to day just trying to get by. Just trying to make it to the next. And somewhere in the middle is a whole lot of purpose waiting to be discovered. Parts of us ready to be used how they were meant to be. Parts that don't need to be thrown out after all- parts completely capable and deserving of being cleaned up, sharpened, fixed, and renewed.

This New Year's I'll be picking myself up, brushing the dust off, and moving forward.

Wherever that may take me.


Cross-posted at 5 Minutes For Parenting.

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29 comments:

  1. Makes me think of a song in an old Fred Astaire movie, "Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again."
    Great post, Steph.

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  2. Your post on this last day of 2008 is profoundly poignant... perhaps even life-altering. As we get older, especially women, it seems... we do begin that turn in the cycle of life where we DO view life as a child again. Each moment, each whisper, each tiny laugh or cry, each little surprise and each little step or stumble makes us bigger and better and more whole. As we get older, we LEARN again... because we are not in the center of mommyhood or workhood or responsibility-hood; we are a tiny bit OUT of the center where extraordinary things become so very visible... like butterflies and warm wind and blown kisses and the smell of coffee and the feel of clean sheets and soft hair and the magic of balloons and the touch of a beloved elderly person.

    Your children have much to teach. Children have much to teach. The miracle is being ready. Sometimes it's not the going forward, but the standing still that makes all the difference...

    I wish you and your family the most blessed, peace-filled and Happy New Year imaginable!

    Love, Sharon

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  3. A book that I have been reading has really helped me put my life and the way I am living my life more into perspective. I'm not sure if you have read it yet but you may want to pick it up. It's called A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. Just thought I'd share with you since you are thinking about the new year and resolutions. Mine is to try to be a woman after gods own heart! Have a Happy New Year!!

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  4. Thanks for this post. I think I'll revisit it often in 2009.

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  5. Those are very good resolution!!!!

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  6. I love this post and say amen to all of it!

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  7. sounds like a great plan! I think we all need to do that from time to time. Happy 2009 :)

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  8. I love the concept of being more "green" and reusing and recycling ourselves. We don't need to reinvent ourselves, just improve certain things!

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  9. I love the concept of being more "green" and reusing and recycling ourselves. We don't need to reinvent ourselves, just improve certain things!

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  10. Happy New Year Steph. :) I love your writing in this post!

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  11. What a fabulous thought of fixing ourselves.

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  12. Beautiful post! I hope to become a greener me too. Happy New Years.

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  13. What a great thought. Instead of a standard resolution, an attitude adjustment. Simpler and more do-able.

    I think I am going to vacuum today. Happy New Year!

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  14. Amen to that! You just gave me a new perspective on New Year's resolutions. Thanks!

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  15. that is exactly what i have done the past few years! happy new year!

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  16. That's a resolution we can all strive for. Beautiful thoughts, Steph!

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  17. Great post Steph! I've hardly put any thought into resolutions. I like to think that's because I'm in a good place in my life. Or that maybe I'm always in a state of refinement/reflection???? Either way, I enjoyed your post. My size 4's are stilling hanging in my closet, but haven't been worn in 3 years. :)


    Happy New Year!

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  18. Beautiful post. Much to think about in here!

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  19. This is my new favorite of yours!

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  20. Excellent post. You have such a way with words. I've never been one for making "New Years Resolutions." I prefer to set goals throughout the year...and most of my goals are usually "heart" goals - ones that are about becoming a better person/wife/mother/etc.

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  21. Have a happy New YEar's, Steph. May all of your resolutions be easy to attain and retain.

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  22. How very profound. I will have to remember this post in the days, weeks and months to come. To remember to look at things through my children's perspective.

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  23. Ditto what Sharon said!....I am with you in this my dear...I am picking myself up this morning, dusting myself off and starting this wonderful Jan. 1, 2009 on a positive note. I can't wait to see what the coming year brings. I love you! Mom

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  24. Amen, Sistah! Very profound. And I'm right there witcha! :)

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  25. What a beautiful post. That sounds like a great plan.
    I'm working on my mental health in 2009 (at least that's what I've committed to on my blog and I'm hoping my readers will keep me in check.) ;)

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