A new year begins…
As we leave another year behind and enter another new year I have been thinking about life, my hope and dreams and trying not to let the mistakes, failures and disappointments of last year bleed into this new one. At the start of 2015, I chose Hope as my word for the year. Not sure I made too much progress there and I have not settled on a word for 2016 yet, but I find the words of this song resonating, challenging as I ask myself how I want to live in 2016.
I find some of these things easy to do – like turning up the music – but I’m not so good at going to the ballgames or making wishes. I am good at making a mess but suck at taking chances. That can change though – I can do things differently if I really want to. It’s not what I do, it’s how I live.
Isn’t it time for us to start living – I mean really living – more carefree and spontaneously? What are we waiting for – what am I waiting for? This year I decorated my Christmas tree even though nobody saw it – I put out my Christmas ornaments and played Christmas carols. I ate mince pies and ice cream and chocolate in amongst all the good stuff I am supposed to eat. I spoke to my family and told them I loved them.
Tonight as I write this, I am sitting on my deck, watching the sun go down behind the trees, listening to the frogs and just soaking in the serenity and peacefulness of the evening. I don’t do this often enough – slow down and just be in the moment – not worrying or fretting. I had planned to do so much with my few days off but after 3 days in bed decided resting was probably the best gift I could give myself. So out went the to-do list and clock watching and in went the reading and napping and gentle music, watching cricket and corny Christmas movies. I had breakfast some days at 11 and others at 8.
It’s time for me to stop isolating myself; stop letting fear rule my every move. One of my core values is humour so I have decided to try and laugh every day in the year ahead – even on the rotten days, the hard days. There are funny things all around us if would just lift our heads long enough to see them. Perhaps you can help me out by sending funny things my way. I want to change the way I live beginning now.