|New year....new roads to travel for me|
Every year as I turn the page on the calendar to January I think of Farmer Jim's line and raise him one -- "It's a brand new year...and it's never been used before."
I’m ready for a brand new year. I’m down with black eyed peas for New Year’s Day. I plan to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner just to make sure I’m covered in the good luck department. Don’t want to take any chances. Before the whooping and hollering and merry making this evening, I’ll spend some quiet time as I always do on New Year’s Eve and think about the year ahead. I’m a believer in the power of a New Year’s resolution. I learned to be a resolution maker as a child when I was encouraged to sit down at the kitchen table and think about what I wanted to do differently in the brand new year. I wish I had saved some of those earnest resolutions of New Year’s past that included being kind to my brothers and not forgetting to feed my cat.
My resolution record over the years is a mixed bag of notable successes outweighed by more than a few good intentions that stayed…well, they stayed good intentions. For me, a resolution is not the same as writing goals and objectives as I was trained to do in business. It’s a message to the universe...an expression of intent…a heartfelt wish to grow…to change…to do better. A good resolution, I know, can be and should be made any day of the year, but there’s something magical…almost sacred… about starting with a clean sheet of paper on the first day of a brand new year that’s never been used before.
These are the beginnings of my resolutions for 2011:
1 – to spend less time communicating by e-mail, voice mail and text message and spend more face-to-face time with my friends
2 – to cook more dishes that are “slow and difficult” instead of “quick and easy”
3 – to have friends and family around my kitchen table more often
4 – to spend more time cycling than watching crime shows on television
5 – to spend more time hiking than cycling
6 – to paddle my canoe in at least two rivers I’ve never done
7 – to avoid getting in bad relationships just to have someone to bike, hike or canoe with
8- to spend more time and watch more sunsets in the Mississippi Delta
How’s that for a start? Wishing you peace and prosperity in the New Year.