Every December I always say “I can’t wait for next year to get here!” I mean seriously, who isn’t ready for January after the stress of the holidays? You’ve got the Christmas list to fill, the menu to plan, the house to clean, the holiday drivers to dodge. It’s a plethora of stress. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish the time with family and friends and Christmas day is always so unforgettable, but it takes days to recover from it all.
Enter January 1st. I’ve started out with a plan and it’s a good one! I have gathered together my favorite inspirational quotes, my to do list and goals for the coming year. I love new beginnings. It’s like a redo if you didn’t get it right the first time. Looking down at everything in front of me, I realize that I’m much more ambitious than I was last year…I think. This is year is going to be different and the excitement is nearly too much to handle.
Typically six months into the “New Year”, I’ve abandoned some of my goals, simply because they were too far out of my reach to begin with. I mean, Climbing Mt. Everest may have been a stretch! Some of those inspirational quotes that were so warm and fuzzy are sounding kind of silly. So I get myself busy and put away the Christmas decorations, which was first on my list.
By the time summer has ended and I step outside that first cool morning in the fall, I’m realizing that the 2011 to-do list that is buried somewhere in a drawer, ain’t gonna happen. Next thing you know I’m in full blown holiday mode. What the H happened? It’s a vicious circle my friends and so easy to get caught up in the “New Year” mode.
This year, there isn’t a list. I have decided, I’m not really a fan of starting over every January 1st. So I’ve decided to try something new. This year I’ve resolved myself to get up each day and make the most out of it. I like seeing what I can accomplish in a day. It gives me hope and I think WOW 364 more of these days and I won’t need a list. I have to admit it is a bit freeing. I understand that some people will read this and think that it isn’t possible to live without “The List”, but honestly it makes me happy knowing that the possibilities for tomorrow are endless.
Happy New Day
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”