Hello 2012!!

We’ve “crossed the threshold” and entered into another New Year!

Are you still celebrating? Or did you celebrate? And what exactly are (were) we celebrating?

Is it just that we get yet another shot at starting over, doing things right, erasing past mistakes, losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, criticizing less, helping others more, getting more organized,  having more fun, working harder, working less, spending more time with loved ones, writing better blog posts, finally training the dog, finishing that book or whatever…?

The list of potential goals or self-improvement possibilities is endless.

Have you made your resolutions or list yet? Are you going to?

Generally, I don’t make resolutions or such lists and if I do, I certainly don’t announce them to others, especially on the internet!

And why not?

Do I know I won’t stick to my list?

Do I know I’ll fail?

Do I have no intention of being accountable? Perhaps.

Maybe it’s because to me the New Year represents so much more than to-do-lists and resolutions. All that stuff reminds me of what I always referred to when teaching as “busy work.”

To me each New Year is more about a mental cleansing and creating a clean slate for the mind. It’s about forgiving yourself as well as others. It’s about moving forward while looking back. It’s about letting in the future and gently letting go of the past, but not forgetting…

It’s not about the “busy work” of making lists and resolutions, although they can be important too. (And heaven knows I need to make a few lists of my own.)

I prefer to think of each and every day as a fresh start. Every day is a chance to start over and “do things right or at least better”.

I believe in second, third, fourth (or perhaps 365th) chances.

But just because I believe in every day’s freshness and every day’s opportunity, this doesn’t mean a daily free pass is in order. This is not an excuse to sit back and not even bother trying to accomplish something today.

And why not? (And as a very adept procrastinator, I ask this of myself quite frequently).

Because every fresh day without effort of some kind, be it small or large, is a missed opportunity and we don’t get days back. We don’t always get missed opportunities back either.

So, make resolutions. Or don’t make resolutions.

But do clear your mind and open it up to new possibilities. Let go of old baggage that is weighing you down. Make room for change that truly matters.

Whatever you do or don’t do, savor each day, savor the New Year.

A fresh day or a fresh year, both are pretty awesome!

Happy New Year everyone!!

Leaving you with a lovely poem shared by Melissa Johnson Voight (thank you) via Nicki Boscia’s Beyond the Pink Moon Facebook page:

If it didn’t Bring you Joy,
Just Leave it Behind.

Let’s Ring in the New Year
With Good Things in Mind.

Let Every Bad Memory Go
That Brought Heartache and Pain.

And let’s Turn a New Leaf
With the Smell of New Rain.

Let’s Forget Past Mistakes
Making Amends for This Year.

Sending You These Greetings
To Bring you Hope and Cheer.

Happy New Year!

✿ ܓAuthor Unknown


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?




21 thoughts to “Hello 2012!!”

  1. Happy New Year to you Nancy! This year I’m going to spend more time in my garden… I agree it’s too easy to make resolutions that are about forced deadlines and so I prefer to make general wishes… wishes for happiness and for gardening – and no more surgery. That would be enough for me in 2012.
    Best, Sarah

    1. Being Sarah, Good for you for deciding to spend more time in your garden. Looking forward to reading more on that… I think ‘general wishes’ are way better as well. Your three sound perfect for you. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Hi Nancy “Happy New Year” No I never have been one to make resolutions. The chances of following through are generally minimal. I prefer to use my time on New Years Eve to sit down, reflect on the past year. Make mental notes going through my list how many things came into fruition, how many did I neglect and how many did I deliberately overlook? I have experienced changes, I have figured out that being so fearful of having Cancer isn’t going to change a damn thing except give me ulcers…. My family is not there to support me. I will no longer give them the “credit” in making me upset. I am in a serious financial mess, going back to people (family) who owe me money.. I loaned it because it was a supposed emergency! Does not mean I will get it back. They don’t have it but in the next breath they are going to Mexico to stay in a Condo for 6 weeks.. leaving next week Lesson Learned!!hahahaha Christmas was a giftless time, but you don’t need a gift to make you happy! I am going to strive to be a better mother, listen more intently..This year I am going to learn to make the perfect pie crust. 🙂 <3

    1. Alli, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to do serious mental note taking/reflecting isn’t it? I’m sorry about your family and also about the financial mess. And then there are all the changes cancer has delivered. Ugh… Your three choices for things to strive for sound like good ones. I can’t help but notice that listening and pie crusts also relate to motherhood! My best to you in the New Year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Renn, Some of us have trouble letting go of that “baggage,” so good for you for being “inclined” to do just that. Thanks for stopping by and happy 2012 to you too!

  3. Nancy,
    You and I wrote the same blog! I agree that each new day is an opportunity for a fresh start, and if you’re really having trouble, think about each new breath as a way to begin, again. Never give up!


    1. Brenda,
      Just read your blog post and yes, there are similarities aren’t there? Your last year has been challenging on so many levels. I hope this year brings you calmness, happiness and peace. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  4. I don’t really make resolutions or try to focus on goals too much. I try not to keep more than a few things on my to do list. I just end up getting stressed out. I do try to be a better person every day! And I need to stop binge eating on sweets as I’ve been doing the past three weeks over the holidays! 🙂

    1. Lindsay, Yes, I agree sometimes lists and resolutions just create more stress for us don’t they? Keeping things simple seems to work better for me too. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’ve only been eating too many sweets for three weeks – some of us have been at it a whole lot longer than that! Ha. Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve never been big on resolutions – I just figure if I need to change something I shouldn’t wait until January 1st to do it. But there IS something about the start of a new year that’s simply refreshing. You know a new year is coming and with it a host of new possibilities seems to pop up. I can’t get enough of that 🙂

    1. Marie, It is a bit infectious isn’t it? In this case, it’s a very good thing though. Onwards and upwards for sure! Thanks for commenting, Marie, and Happy New Year!

  6. Love it. I love this post. I loved the tweet too. I do resolutions, and while I share them with others on New Year’s, it’s actually a list that I try to live by every day of every year. It helps to remind myself, that accountability issue you mentioned.

    A very Happy New Year to you and thank you so much for your introspective blogs.

    1. Susan, It’s funny you mentioned the tweet. I was beginning to wonder if people have had enough of this New Year stuff already so I sort of hesitated… There does seem to be “something in the air” this time of year. A list to live by every day, that sounds like a plan. Good for you. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Susan. Thanks for the compliment as well. Happy New Year to you too!

  7. Happy New Year, Nancy! Love the posting and love the poem. I, too, am not into New Year’s resolutions. You are so right that each day is a new one! I try to live in the moment and have goals, but try to stay in the present, especially after cancer.

    I hope your dreams come true for 2012 and beyond!

    1. Beth, Happy New Year to you too! I’m glad you liked the post and poem. I agree with you about staying in the present. Can’t change the past. Can’t worry too much about the future so… Thanks for the good wishes. Hoping the same for you. I think I know what at least one of your dreams is! My best.

  8. Happy new year Nancy! I hope it was wonderful for you and is off to a great start!

    I am not a fan of resolutions personally– if there’s something I want to work on or change, then I just do it in that moment. Why wait to make your life better?! 🙂

    I do hope to start blogging more though; I miss telling you all about my life and hearing about yours. I wrote today, finally! It’s hard when I don’t have internet access at home, but we should be changing that soon.

    What is your twitter name? I’d love to add you– and I update that much more often than I do my facebook 🙂 xoxo

    1. Sami, It’s really great to hear from you! Glad to hear you’re back to blogging. I’ll check out your post soon. I’m way behind on blog reading…I wouldn’t call the last year great, but… I’m with you on the resolution thing. My twitter name is also Nancy’s Point. I’ll look for you there too! Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

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