Resolutions and Solutions

Friday, December 30, 2011

Some of you have heard me say this more times than you probably would have liked to but… I just am going to say it – again. I cannot believe that we are less than 36 hours away from closing out 2011. There are a number of things that come to mind with ushering in a brand new year. Some of them might be important changes in life like using it as the chance to start afresh, to right wrongs or to strive to accomplish that one thing that has always been out of reach. Another thought that comes hand-in-hand with the holiday is the ever-popular New Year’s resolutions. Just some of the more recognizable ones might be a new job or to spend more time with family, live a healthier lifestyle or losing weight. I’ve not been one to “buy” into all the hype of resolutions, but I have been known to mentally coach myself on what I want to see change although it doesn’t have to be a new year – sometimes it might be taking another step in seeing completion to one of my goals or changing flaws about myself; human imperfections and all. 

Time is such a funny thing. The older we get, the faster it seems to go – I can remember ringing in this year as if it were just yesterday and already I am being asked to welcome in a new year. And, in many ways a new year can be a wonderful thing. It can be kind of like a metaphor for wiping the slate clean and using it to see past heartaches washed away. There have been songs written about it and there are popular phrases ascribed to it but life truly is nothing more than a “blink of an eye.” It moves faster than we want it to and at a speed we cannot even try to keep pace with. During the holidays I was sort of taken aback at how “different” this Christmas seemed. My family rarely does anything with great fanfare, but this year Christmas seemed to come and go with even less notice. Don’t misunderstand, I still thoroughly enjoyed the holiday season; it was one filled with joy and laughter – and that is where it counts.

Because of changes in their lives, my aunt and uncle and their family have been extremely busy which has meant that we don’t see them as often, and when we do, it is usually to help them in their new small-business endeavor. This past week we were able to spend an afternoon with them for our Christmas together and it was wonderful. We did a few things different from previous years and despite the joy that comes with those pastimes, I spent one of the best Christmases that I can remember with them. We didn’t do anything “exciting” but I loved lounging around the living room with all of them and laughing so hard that my sides hurt. That afternoon was what matters in life – spending that day with my extended family, capturing those memories is what is most important. It isn’t expensive gifts, or trips around the world or the petty small things that we might put on our Christmas lists, but rather, time. The time that we spend with those who are dear to us, and even more importantly, how we spend that time.

For several years now recording artist Point of Grace has been one of my favorite Christian groups. As I’ve grown older, they have become an even more entertaining group for me to glean snippets of wisdom from. The trio has a song called “How you Live” that completely encompasses such themes. During the 3-something minute song, it patches together seemingly insignificant events from our life and encourages us to realize that it is not going to be who we might have “known” or what we “did” that will matter when all is said and done, but… how we lived. It will be our reaction to the people and situations that pass through our lives that will ultimately prove the type of person we are. So… do I have aspirations or goals for 2012? You bet I do. Does that mean that I am going to let them consume me to the point that I neglect other responsibilities or family? No, it doesn’t. Perhaps instead of creating a whole new, long list of things that we want to accomplish, maybe it would behoove us all to take a look at the solutions to the “lists” – figurative or literal of things that might need fostering; what might already need our attention but get shoved to the back of the closet in lieu of less satisfying pursuits. One thing is certain, no matter what 2012 may hold, I hope it offers you all some truly wonderful moments and events of great joy – and maybe even brings a healthy challenge or two.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all of you. Whether you stumbled on this blog by chance or found it through a link, thank you all for following my blog – it is greatly appreciated and I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you. So… thank you for all of your encouragement these past six months and for reading what I’ve written. It has been a fun time.

All that’s left to do now is the count down… starting from ten.

…10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1 – and Happy New Year! It’s 2012.

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  1. It is kind of freaky to realize 2012 is here! Time goes slowly when you are young; but as an adult, blink and it's gone!

    Happy New Year. I hope it is blessed. =)

  2. I know, right!? It was just yesterday that 2011 was here; way weird! I was a young teenager who did think time flew by... but then maybe that had something to do with how I was raised. Or maybe not.

    Happy New Year to you, too! I hope your 2012 is better than 2011 - I was sorry that it was a more difficult year.

  3. Same to you, Lauren! I hope you have a lovely rest of the holiday season. =)

  4. So true! I'm not into making resolutions really, but rather I take a step back, look at what I did accomplish or grow in in the past year, and just hope for the best in the new year :)

  5. Ohh thank you so much Rissi! And Happy 2012 to you as well. I hope it far surpasses this previous year in every way and I pray good things for you as you move forward in what God has for you.

    I like what you wrote here about the value of time well spent. Spent with family is some of the best ways to spend it I believe and it is so precious for sure. I am encouraged by this and that yes, it is not what we do but how we live that counts and while that may encompass some of what we actually "do" with our time, it is certainly not everything.

    Thank you and God Bless!

  6. Natalie - yeah, resolutions haven't ever been my... "thing." I do have things I'd like to see myself accomplish in a new year or change about myself but as far as the stereo-typed resolution... not something I really get into. =)

    Happy New Year!!

    Jeanine - thank you! 2012 will hopefully be a great year for everyone. =)

    I love spending time with those who mean the most to me. And you are so right; time is precious and should be cherished - most people are far too concerned about themselves or being the life of the party to really care about family ties because that is what culture says.

    Thank you for your encouraging words. =) I hope the new year is a blessed one for you and your family.


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