I know, I know...this is a very late New Year's post. Mea culpa. :) As you can see, the girls are enjoying the beginnings of the first snow of our new year. Little do they know this is just the beginning. ;-)
I am a person who does not believe in making New Year's Resolutions. I have seen so many others worried about making and breaking these nasty little "promises" we make with the advent of a new year. Rather than make statements to others I know I will not keep, I use this time to meditate on thoughts and behaviours I know I can indeed make.
I make promises to myself at New Year's. Promises like trying to be a good person, to be positive and do "good" things. To me, it matters not that you are religious or go to church everyday, but that, in each and every day you try to do your best to yourself and to others around you. It is do "right action" in your life. It doesn't matter to me what others think but only that when I climb into bed each night, I know that I gave the day, the people around me, the animals in my care, and the rest of the world my best in that "right action". I suppose it goes back to "The Golden Rule" I learned as a child. "Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself." I know I have my work cut out for me.
There are two other little phrases that go through my mind very often: "Do the right thing." and something my brother said to me as I went off to college. "Roll with the punches." They are such short little phrases, but command a great deal of respect and thought. How simple it is to just do the right thing. Why we humans make it into such a difficult task is beyond my comprehension at this point. Maybe it's because something so simple can take such courage. Do the right thing...
And how often are we all barraged by all the little things in life that worry and stress us - things we have no control over yet we allow to take over our lives.
Roll with the punches... Bend with the breezes in life so we don't break completely. I wonder if my brother knew just how profound his statement was.
So in our very complex worlds around each and every one of us, I wish you the simplicity to see what is important to you...to be able to separate the chaff in your lives leaving only what is at heart. And may you have the peace to find what is important to you in your life. I know mine:
Do the right thing... and Roll With The Punches...