Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Photo by Ross Atkinson

May all of us see the new year come in brighter, happier, and more golden than 2008 has been. While I realize there were some very good things about this last year - my granddaughter's birth, the finding of a potentially lethal aneurysm in my DH before it could kill , my daughter's PhD ceremony ending years of her hard work, the welcome hugs from friends throughout the year, etc. - I believe this past year is one many of us may wish to forget...

But should we? I remember both of my parents telling horror stories of having to go through the Great Depression. My mom lived on a farm in Wisconsin which provided fairly well for the family's needs in the way of butter, milk, eggs, meat, and so on. But my father grew up in a coal mining town in Colorado with very little in the way of money or food. It made me understand why Dad replaced a can of food used with two others from the store. I never understood that mindset fully...until this year.

We are lucky here at Oleo Acres. We have a roof over our heads, food on the table and a fairly stable income. Many others are not so fortunate. A friend of mine who works in a Food Bank in Oregon was telling me of how so many people, for the first time in their lives, are having to request aid to have food to eat. Some others have lost homes and are living out of cars. Knowing these things makes me realize many of the "problems" I may have are small and insignificant by comparison.

I'm not a believer in New Year's Resolutions. to me, they are promises. I don't make promises unless I intend to keep them. But what I do this time of year is take stock of what I can do to be a better person. To do the right thing. To follow the Golden Rule. Right action speaks louder than words spoken.

When I see the above photo my SIL took at the beach in New Zealand, it reminds me to look for the golden things that are all around me in life...and to try to bring a little "golden" to others.
Pax vobiscum. And may this year be truly "Golden" to each and every one of you.

8 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Thanks for being a golden friend to me, dear. With friends like you, I fear no year!

Tina T-P said...

Happy New Year! (Going to a friend's for brunch, but we'll be home after 2:00) T.

Claire said...

Wise and insightful thoughts. I certainly agree. Happy new year to you, and may the coming year be full of joyfulness, wellness, and richness of the heart.

Tammy said...

Happy and Blessed New Year to you Kathy. Somehow I missed your last two posts. Congrats on your most beautiful new granddaughter. What a treasure. My sympathies go out to your daughter and family on the loss of Frodo. It's never easy. I hope that we can all have a lovely New Year, and try to keep our spirits intact under the daily 'bad news' burden that seems to abound right now.
Take care,
Tammy

Sharon said...

The Great Depression broke my father's heart and it nearly broke his spirit. We need to remember how blessed we truly are, we who have keyboards in our homes. I wish you a lovely new year, and most of all, that successful surgery.

BondBloke said...

Wonderful sentiments, and a great blog... Keep it up xxx

Wrensong Farm said...

I try to appreciate all the things that I am lucky to have, each day. When I hear the news it just makes me appreciate it that much more.
Here's wishing you and yours the best New Year yet!

Leigh said...

What a great post Kathy. So much to be thankful for. Happy New Year!