2011: New Beginnings
“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie
My mom posted this quote on her Facebook yesterday and although it didn’t resonate with me at first, I kept thinking about it. You see, I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t get really sentimental about the ending of a old year and the beginning of a new one. I don’t have ambitious thoughts about how this upcoming year could be so much better than the last.
My personality typically has me living in the moment – not too much reflection or wishing for old days or regrets about past mistakes. Nor too much pining for a future dream or possibility. If I do tend to one, it would be dreaming. But I never really resolve to make those dreams happen. Perhaps I should do more of that but often I find living in the moment about all I can handle.
Which maybe is the reason I don’t achieve a lot of dreams. Dreams like writing a book, starting a non-profit, getting back in shape, etc. You know what they say about “those without a vision …”.
There are moments where I realize how fast life is going and how if the last ten years went this quickly, the next ten will surely go quicker. It is in those moments that I also realize that if I don’t resolve to make some goals and take steps to meet them, I may find myself at the same place ten years from now. Not necessarily a bad life but definitely not the best.
So, I’m doing some reflecting on my dreams. Some thoughtful pondering about what I truly want out of life. And along with that, some clear goals that will enable me to realize those dreams.
One of these dreams is writing more. I use to blog every day. I use to engage my world in such a way that I had things to say, thoughts to share, questions to ask. But not in recent years. And I miss it.
So, goal one: to blog at least four times a week. Will you hold me to it?
What are some of your goals for 2011? What can I do to help hold you to your goals?
Welcome to the RevGals, and the writing goal is wonderful. I have been thinking, too, how I have fallen off writing…..
Peace and health to you!
Faith Hope & Cherrytea
so pleased to meet you, Melissa! you’ve been added to the rev gals bloggers, so thought i’d pop over to welcome you 🙂
tea is on at FHC whenever you’re avlbl … blessings on your new year journey!
Melissa, I’m here to welcome you to RevGalBlogPals! I’ve just introduced you at our blog and added you to our blogroll. You may add our button to your sidebar; let me know if you have any trouble with it. Happy Blogging!
@Heather – those are great goals and ones I need to adopt myself. You’ve done a great job with ome goals in 2010 so I know you can do it!
@Carol – Thanks, Carol. And I read your newest blog last night so you are off to a great start! Hope we get to serve in Kenya again soon.
I too have been rolling around the idea of writing in my orphan blog more. I will hold you to it if you will hold me to it!
So I guess now I will get to writing!
Great thoughts, Melissa. My goals for 2011 are to slow down and enjoy each moment more. I rush through things, including the good and bad. Some time for reflection and a slower pace would be wonderful.