I Resolve To…

It’s that time again when people look back at the year that was and say, “Geez, what was I thinking?  I’ll never do THAT again.”  But I’m determined to focus on the positive so let’s think about what we want more of in 2009.

I resolve to:

– smile more.  A sweet gentleman I used to work with always said, “Hey, it’s the girl who’s always smiling” whenever I came into the mailroom where he worked.  In turn, that always made me smile.  Things in our lives may be complicated right now, but that’s no reason not to smile.  Besides, what’s that expression about how you should “fake it ’til you feel it”? 

– make at least one something beautiful, either knit or crochet, or whatever else I happen to be working on.  (Maybe I’ll learn to sew this year.)

– find the joy in cooking a lovely, inexpensive, tasty meal, and then eating it with gusto.  (Have I mentioned how much I love having a working dishwasher?)

– think more before I eat or spend.

– tell more jokes.  The people around me could use a good laugh too.

– breathe.  Sometimes taking a deep breath and looking around can make all the difference.  (If you could see the gorgeous, fat pink sun-setting clouds behind me right now, you’d understand.)

– listen for the meaning in things.  Sometimes it’s not the words you say, it’s the voice you say them with.  (Just ask Tillie when John calls her “freak-head” in that loving, soothing voice.   She purrs up a storm anyway.)

– write more.  I find great passion in writing a story, and whether I’m any good at it or not makes no difference.  I love doing it, and I need to do it more.

– love more.  In the past I’ve lost so many people and I never got around to saying “I love you” because I was always sure there’d be another chance.  Sometimes there isn’t another chance.  If you feel the need to say it, say it now. 

That’s about all I can think of right now, except to let the important people in my life (you know who you are) know that I love them and I’m grateful that God put us together when He did.  My life would not be the same without you, and you mean everything to me.  I hope we share more love and laughter, and we create new stories with our lives in the coming year and always. 

If no one minds, I’m going to borrow the Gaelic blessing for my last blog of the year:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.