Happy New Year!



Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

I don’t remember the exact year I decided a New Year’s resolution was a waste of time but it’s been years.  Instead, on New Year’s Eve or Day I take some time to reflect on where I have been, where my actions didn’t live up to my values and look forward to being a better person this coming year.  There are no rules to this, nothing written down, or promises made.  Just a simple conscious effort to be more the person I want to be remembered for when all is said and done.

Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.  ~Michael Josephson

A new practice has taken hold, at least online, as New Year’s day approaches.  This is the practice of choosing one word as a theme.  My one word would at first seem to be in conflict with what I believe in, but if I were to choose one word for 2014 it would be “More”.    More smiling at strangers. More impromptu conversations with those I pass on the street. More time with those I love and respect.  More time spent in nature and my garden.

These things are simple, yet they bring me happiness and knowledge that I may have made a difference in just one other person’s day.   “More” is also perfectly inline with my values of wanting to see a stronger and more connected community around me.

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.  ~John Burroughs

Life is challenging enough, we don’t need to borrow more trouble, or stress, and bring it into our private lives.  This year I’ve watched my oldest son lose his job and learn surviving without an income is harder today that it was 20 years ago.  He’s not the only one, many people around the world are struggling to make ends meet.  Others have been diagnosed with serious medical problems or some other “big” problem.  Forget the little things, who cares if your hair or clothes are perfect and get out there and enjoy what you have that you are grateful for.

If I have one wish for you, and every person around the world, it would be finding your own small amount of peace and happiness this year.

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.  ~Ellen Goodman

Best wishes for a very happy and healthy New year

21 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I didn’t get time to write a comment last night but this morning is when I get my alone time. I’m always contemplative but more so as we come into this new year. I have a good feeling that things will look up this year. There goes that optimism again. I’ve decided not to sign up for writing class this winter and take some time to complete projects that have been calling my name. I’m grateful to be able to sew even a little bit again. I’m praying that our kids find GOOD work this year. I’ve never been happier in spite of some challenges. Hope your year has all the markings of fantastic. I’m just focusing on HEALTH, as usual.

    • Marlene, I hope those things come true for our children, and that you find the home you have been searching for. Too bad you don’t live closer. My youngest sells real estate and has several listings right now I’m sure would be in your price range.

      I am not as optimistic as you are about this year being better, I see too much that points in the other direction,but maybe your optimism will rub off on me. I’m glad you are happier now than in years past, I am too.

  2. It has been years for me as well since I made any New Year’s resolutions. In 2014 I wish for more for all of us, more of the simple pleasures in life. Happy New Year!

  3. I’m not a big fan of resolutions either. Sorta seems to me that if you really wanted to do the thing in the first place you already would have – no self-reproach necessary.

    If I had to choose a word though, I think it would be “surrender”. That seems to be the message that the universe keeps sending me.

    • Cat, I totally understand your word being “surrender” you have really had a year with your cats and then your mother dying. I hope this year is much less stressful and your cats are healthier.

  4. Happy New Year to you Lois! I love your new blog layout for the New Year, and I see it’s in your favourite colour. The quotes you have included are inspiring as is your More approach. I’m going to take your More and add Less. I’m going to do more making, dream more, learn to draw more, laugh more and relax more. I’m going to worry less, stress less, try to declutter and have less. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your posts, very soon :)

    • Jen, I really tried to love the brown, but it just wasn’t me. Yes, the blue caught my eye when the layout matched what I wanted I made the switch. I promise I will stick with this for a while. :-)

      I’m glad you liked the idea of more. I may have to put something together for a monthly round up of all the ways we’ve found more in our lives this year.

  5. more…
    you know that sounds kind of nice
    more smiles
    more encouraging words
    more thank you’s
    more being kind to one’s self
    more being tolerant of one’s own perks/quirks (grin)..

    yup , all sounds good.

    Happy New Year Lois, and I will keep more good thoughts in my heart wishing for good things for my family and yours/your sons’.


    • Lynn, will you join me in a year of More? I may have to consider a few posts through the year on how I’ve found more. :-)

      Here’s to more good times in 2014 for you and your family. Happy New Year.

  6. I must do my best to come by and visit more frequently…love the changes in your blog layout!

    Wishing you a happy new year in 2014 with “more” :)

    • I look forward to seeing you again soon. :-) I’ve had a hard time keeping up with my reading for a few months too. I hope you have a fun night and calm tomorrow and this will be the best year ever for you and your family. Here’s to more. :-)

  7. I love lists so I’m kind of fond of resolutions or annual “to do” lists (which I choose varies from year to year), but I tend to come up with new ways to be kinder, improve myself, etc. throughout the year.

    • Christy, I find it interesting to see how others respond to the idea of resolutions or even to-do lists. I was famous for my to-do lists, the problem was that my lists were so unreasonable that they grew instead of getting shorter.

      I think the problem I had with resolutions was the fact I suffered from such low self esteem when I was young my resolutions were unrealistic.

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