“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when we can brush off the old, and embrace the new. Every day offers this opportunity, but the feeling of renewed hope and determination to reach our goals and experience our dreams is exemplified in a full 365 days, more time to do more – the New Year.
Do you have New Year’s resolutions? I have read over and over, from famous writers, philosophers and my friends that making resolutions is, well, for lack of a better word…nincompoopery. Resolutions set you up to fail and lower your self-esteem. They are lost in a few weeks. New Year’s resolutions are ridiculous based on the idea that we should strive to accomplish our goals as part of each day, not in the spirit of confetti and turning the page on a calendar year.
Well, I refuse to be placed in that category of the foolish making resolutions! I resolve to not make resolutions! Instead, I’m simply going to write a list of things I would like to do or accomplish next year.
The most important item on my list of “Things to Do That Are Not Called ‘Resolutions'” is to be grateful! Each day brings its own opportunity to do something utterly fantastic. Life is filled with so much opportunity, it’s true, that it is too easy to forget the hill I’m sitting on and dream about the other side, you know, the one with greener grass. Metaphorically, I need to run my fingers through the grass on my hill and praise God for what I have and what I can give others.
I also must be grateful for the opportunity to dream about new adventures, and most importantly, the opportunity to take them. This is basic. Breathe in my lungs and days I am given. Sure, wanderlust can be a curse, but it is also a gift. The thirst to learn new things and meet new people will, in the long run, enrich my life if I grasp each chance. I cannot unwittingly and selfishly let them go by.
I think 2012 will be the best year yet. I have my list of things I want to do and see, but if I am not grateful for the big and small, they are only lost resolutions, never complete. For me and for you, Reader, the road ahead may be filled with disappointment and frustration, loss and pain, but how we get back up to grab the next opportunity is what matters, praising God for the lessons learned and the next chance to apply their teachings.
I love life for many reasons. I love it most for the sheer potential in it.