All beginnings matter…



Okay, face to face with a new year, the 69th in a row, and contemplating my place in it, as you do.

There’s a built-in human affinity for new beginnings, fresh starts, do-overs. We know, if we’re lucky, what we want, and we hit it with our best shot, but we’re also embarrassingly aware of our weak follow-through.

There are things in my life I want to change, provided it doesn’t require too much effort, sacrifice, or consistency. I could be a healthier, nicer, more disciplined person, and finally ditch my heinous habit of procrastination, I know I could. And sincere effort will be expended toward those ends, but no promises, kids – I’ve been who I am for far longer than not, so we’ll see.

What a serious look at the past and present, and a trepidatious peek into the future, are telling me today is that a lot of things are within my power to change and influence but some aren’t. If I were to make a New Year’s vow to stop being honest, and stop writing and talking about the things life throws in front of me, I’d be lying from the get-go, so my “resolutions”are all from the do-able stack:

  1. Become an even better friend to myself and love my body like it’s the only one I’ve got.
  2. Keep loving and appreciating the people who make life beautiful, and make sure they know that.
  3. Find the truth in all things and settle for no less.
  4. Never let fear win.
  5. Never back down on what matters.

Fun having two New Year’s Days this year – more sanctioned hours to be bums, and also to gear up for the road ahead. Let’s all meet up next year, same time same place, and compare notes.






7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheldon
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 20:16:56

    I am not so sure it is that easy not to give into fear once in awhile. Now that we have chosen government of the tweet, by the tweet and for the tweet over intelligent rational thinking I am nervous about my future and that of our country. In addition, the level of violence and gun toting people running around make me a bit afraid as well. We have many freedoms but apparently we are not free to live in a safe, low violence society. Too bad the right to bear arms trumps the right to live in a relatively nonviolent society.

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    • Judy Smith
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 14:13:59

      You’re right, of course, Sheldon, there are many legit reasons to fear for the immediate future and beyond. I just hope I can keep standing and keep speaking up even when my voice quivers.



  2. Regina Duncan
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 07:59:10

    I love reading you and finding myself inspired or challenged by your words to be a better human being. Much love, good health and lots of time to enjoy the good things in life this 2017 and always.

    Liked by 1 person


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