It’s my habit at years end to recall all that’s happened. I’m always encouraged that, what seems like a nondescript year, has often contained a great deal of progress and accomplishment.
Of course accomplishments come in many forms. Top of my list come anyone I’ve helped or have helped me, new friendships, barriers removed, old wounds healed etc.
I find as I begin to jot them down, more and more spring to mind. Soon I have a long list and my heart rejoices. My year has been spent well. Without this time to stop and consider I would not have perceived it.
If you’ve not tried it before I encourage you to take stock – it’s a real confidence booster!
To help get started here’s a few less personal items from my list.
1)My biggest one – helped my daughter and grandson relocate from an increasingly dangerous situation in Mexico, get set up in the UK and deal with many turbulent issues concerning these changes.
2) Made many new friends both on and off line.
3) Learnt to sail while helping the handicapped with CVSS.
4) Due to my daughters prolonged stay added vital layers to the principal characters in my book (she’s also a writer and characterization is her strong point – my weakest)
5) After 2 years of trying found the perfect yoga teacher/ time/ location.
Things maintained from previous years.
1)Healthy lifestyle (eating exercise etc.)
2)Daily prayer and time with Jesus.
3) Blog posts.
4)Staying positive and patient with my overactive 10 year old grandson while completing SAT test homework etc. lol!
Things I planned and didn’t do.(In case you think I did so well.)
1)Swim once a week (abysmal failure I went once all year! lol!)
2)Paint. (only one painting all year (whoops!))
Guess I’ll work on those this year together with my very procrastinated – publish my novel!
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!
I awoke this morning I feeling strangely enthusiastic about this new year (a feeling much at odds with my thoughts and world outlook for sure!) Not the typical new year resolution euphoria (after 64 of them I don’t really get that lol!) more a deep and comforting premonition that something good is coming this year. What it might be I couldn’t say. I’m very content and it’s hard to see how my life could be further enriched. I pray it might be in the lives of my loved ones, or the precious folks here in “blog land”, better still, for all those weary souls at large in the world, a blessing for mankind, that would best enhance my life. I pray it is so.
As the joys of Christmas fade I remind myself that Christmas was not an end but a new beginning. Shortly after its demise as the days imperceptibly grow brighter as winter solstice has passed, young and old, rich and poor, of every nation, we each receive a present, a brand new year!
It comes unsullied from its box, (as life comes each day). As I get older I treasure time more and more (not knowing when my allocation here will be up). While never one for hastily drawn up resolutions (to eat healthy, remember to do my yoga, finalize various writing projects etc.) I do like to pause in these few days before I “open my present” to look at the larger picture.
Is there something more I’m meant to do during my time here? I ask. Am I still on course for my life goals or do adjustments need to be made? Am I ready to surf the waves of life, to catch the fresh wind in my sails? These are the big questions that preclude the smaller resolutions that help take us there.
I look at the present, sitting awaiting me and I ponder.
This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.—George Bernard Shaw
“The same Bible that says Jesus suffered also says He was anointed with the oil of gladness above everyone else and that the joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Andrew Wommack).
(He was abnormally happy and we can be too!)
In this modern world the “pursuit of happiness” tends to focus on exterior circumstances, loving relationships, a good job, house, car etc. Things over which we seldom have full control, things which can be lost in an instant.
So how can we get that inner joy that spills out changing our environment? The best way to explain it is to imagine you are loved and in love with the most wonderful man in the world (I’m sure you have all encountered that “in love” feeling). It’s so powerful nothing else matters.
Knowing we are loved unconditionally by someone powerful enough to protect and provide for us gladdens the heart, but more than that “God is love”. Having his spirit flow through us brings joy in tremendous amounts. This joy gives great strength and resilience through all life’s storms,
May the spirit of Christmas the yearning to give inhabit your heart for as long as you live
Source: The Spirit of Christmas
Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The prophecies from hundreds of years before had been fulfilled. The angels called it “Good News,” and it was.—Larry Libby
I hope you all have been similarly engaged and had a wonderful, warm and loving Christmas season!