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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?

 

 

 

Weekly Round-Up «

Friday 6th of January 2012

[...] Nancy has her own great take on this start of a new year which to her is ” more about a mental cleansing and creating a clean slate for the mind.” And the Pink Underbelly’s Nancy  is planning on having some fun with her new year’s goals [...]

Sami

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

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

Nancy

Thursday 5th of January 2012

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!

Beth L. Gainer

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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!

Nancy

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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.

Susan Beausang

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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. Susan

Nancy

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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!

Marie Ennis-O'Connor (@JBBC)

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

Wonderful Nancy..it is hard not to become caught up in this atmosphere of fresh starts and new beginnings that has infected the BC blogosphere. Onwards and upwards for us all in 2012 x

Nancy

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

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!

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