Last year's resolution was to pay off debt. While the process of living to priorities and letting all else go caused me at times to be whiny, on this other side of that mountain, life is much freer. When given a choice, always choose the road with the most personal freedom. That is the state where you can best effect your utmost.
It is gratitude.
With it being a BIG football day, it brings to mind Tim Tebow. Tim- You keep showing your gratitude when good things go your way. Eventually, some of the critics will "get it" and be better for having understood the power of gratitude.
In the scheme of things, it doesn't matter that the software for the new camera doesn't work on my computer. That can be fixed. It doesn't matter that the living room is still stacked with decorations needing to be packed away. It doesn't matter that the Christmas lights only got half-taken down. Or that the garden wall I began to paint entered the New Year not much past looking like paint samples.
What matters is the man who put my phone number on a paint chip as he left a New Year's Eve Party in Belmont Shore 37 years ago is home, getting healthy.
2011 ended on the best of notes. A young man relieved me of my seasonal night-time raid of sidewalks and gutters for leaves blown from trees. He delivered the gardener's gold in Hefty bags right to the backyard rim.
His parents came by to ask us for dinner. The meal was fabulous -we filled in with dessert and Spanish wine
However, it was the magical healing power of laughter that was best. It was GOOD to feel its restorative quality. Home before the time ran from 2011 to 2012, the torch of one year to the next was filled with music.
After months of being afraid to look into the crystal ball of the next year, I am confident that all will be better than alright.
All of which leads to the 2012 New Year Resolutions
There will be more laughter.
There will be more music.
Images by Gene Sasse