New Year

New Beginnings

With a new year comes new beginnings~~

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Saying #4


Two New Year's Resolutions postcards

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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I believe this is just a platform for failure. However, I do believe in an ongoing effort for self-improvement.

I view New Year’s resolutions as a promise that must be attended to for 365 days and at the end of that time there should be a whole new me. Nope, not going to do it. I know that I won’t be diligent enough to pursue a conquest for 365 days straight.  Therefore, the first day I fail to continue my pursuit marks me as a failure.

I prefer to be an optimist, not a pessimist. I will put my efforts into a positive spin. Instead of resolving to go on a diet, I will make more of an effort to be healthy by taking my vitamins regularly and continuing my daily walks and trips to the local “Y”.

By nature, I am not a very organized person but I began the New Year by tidying up the house, organizing my bills, and catching up on some routine maintenance on my computer. The holiday season was hectic trying to keep up with my blog, making needlepoint pictures for Christmas gifts, and attending grandchildren’s functions. During that time, because there are only 24 hours in the day and we have not figured out how to extend that time, I let some routine things slide. One chore I did not keep up with was clearing out my e-mail in-box. Today I began clearing out the 1,000+ messages that had accumulated between Thanksgiving and the New Year and found several messages hiding among the Christmas e-mail ads and the seasonal jokes that I should have answered weeks ago.

So, instead of resolving to be more organized (because I know that is a hopeless cause), I will make an effort to have organized chaos. In one of my many organizational books, I read that people fall into two catagories—pilers and filers. Since all of my stuff usually ends up in piles, I will accept the fact I am a piler instead of a filer and attempt to make my piles neat.

I accepted the fact a long time ago that I am not a Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker. I am not a domestic diva. My decorating philosophy is the comfortable, casual, lived-in look. I tell my friends that they are welcome to drop in, however, don’t expect a spotless house. If you want to see me or my husband, you are welcome; but, if you want to see a perfect house, you better give me a month’s notice.

I do envy those who have perfectly organized houses and can put a gourmet meal on the table in 30 minutes or less but I would rather spend my time creating. My office is full of piles–materials for past, present, and future projects. My desk has piles and folders of research materials and ideas for future blogs. I would love to have them all neatly put away but then I would have to take time out to do this and then I couldn’t find anything after I finished. I live by the philosophy I once read on a plaque—a neat desk is the sign of a sick mind.

So, the only New Year’s resolution I will be making is to accept myself for who I am and not worry about the small stuff. Life is too short to spend it cleaning out closets and drawers.


Auld Lang Syne

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 This is New Year ’s Eve and around the world people will stand together at the stroke of midnight and sing a melancholy song that, on the surface, makes absolutely no sense—Auld Lang Syne.

The title, Auld Lang Syne, literally means “old long since” or, “long, long ago”. Therefore, the first line of the song which says “for auld lang syne” is loosely translated as “for the sake of old times.

Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish poem attributed to Robert Burns who copied down the ancient poem and probably elaborated upon it and then set it to the tune of an old Scottish folksong. It is a tribute to old friends and good times should they never be forgotten.

As 2010 fades away and we go into the unknown future of 2011, I now take a moment to remember all my friends and family and hope we never forget the good times we have had. I offer you a toast and we will drink a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne.

Here is hoping all of you reading this will have a happy and healthy new year.