Reflect and resolve . . .

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Resolutions.
Tradition calls for us to use New Year's Day to take stock of ourselves and write down some new goals and resolutions for the coming year. If you're like me, the same ones seem to pop to mind with slightly ominous—yet optimistic—regularity.Yes, yes, this will definitely be the year when I will magically remain at my ideal weight no matter how many chocolate bars I consume.



Perhaps if I employ some of the lucky traditions practiced around the world, it will help. In the American South, eating black-eyed peas and pork is a harbinger of good fortune and in Switzerland they drop dollops of whipped cream on the floor to ensure a "rich" coming year. It's a Spanish tradition to eat twelve grapes at midnight, while in Scotland, one exchanges silverware, coal or shortbread for good luck.

PenNow, back to writing, as all of us here are believe in the power of the penned word . . . I suppose hope springs eternal because I do take the time to sit down and write some things I hope achieve over the course of the coming year. Some are practical and some are more philosophical, but the point is, I find it good to have some handwritten thoughts to help me focus on some of the important things that can sometimes get lost in the helter-pelter pace of everyday life.

I take a small sheet of paper, and using my very special fountain pen, I write down those thoughts, then put them in a small silver box that belonged to my grandfather (I read in a Feng Shui book that silver was lucky) Then I ring two small brass bells to summon the positive energy of the cosmos. A crazy ritual? Maybe, but it reminds me to take the time to breathe deeply and reflect. So, what are some of my thoughts? I'll share one: I want to be more mindful of staying balanced—there is a wonderul Rudyard Kipling quote that says if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat both those imposters just the same . . . I find it's good advice for all the high and lows modern life throws at us.

So, do you make resolutions? And do you have any you would care to share?

 

70 thoughts on “Reflect and resolve . . .”

  1. Last year, I made none. This year I made a whole bunch. One of them is to be more grateful, including making a 3 item gratitude list in my daily journal.

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  2. Last year, I made none. This year I made a whole bunch. One of them is to be more grateful, including making a 3 item gratitude list in my daily journal.

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  3. Last year, I made none. This year I made a whole bunch. One of them is to be more grateful, including making a 3 item gratitude list in my daily journal.

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  4. Last year, I made none. This year I made a whole bunch. One of them is to be more grateful, including making a 3 item gratitude list in my daily journal.

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  5. Last year, I made none. This year I made a whole bunch. One of them is to be more grateful, including making a 3 item gratitude list in my daily journal.

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  6. I have had my black eyed peas – and I believe that this coming year will be a new adventure. I want to be more grateful for all the gifts given me. That seems to me to be the most important thing for me to remember.

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  7. I have had my black eyed peas – and I believe that this coming year will be a new adventure. I want to be more grateful for all the gifts given me. That seems to me to be the most important thing for me to remember.

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  8. I have had my black eyed peas – and I believe that this coming year will be a new adventure. I want to be more grateful for all the gifts given me. That seems to me to be the most important thing for me to remember.

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  9. I have had my black eyed peas – and I believe that this coming year will be a new adventure. I want to be more grateful for all the gifts given me. That seems to me to be the most important thing for me to remember.

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  10. I have had my black eyed peas – and I believe that this coming year will be a new adventure. I want to be more grateful for all the gifts given me. That seems to me to be the most important thing for me to remember.

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  11. I’m not very good at mindfulness either, but am working to get better at it. Yoga this past year has helped me focus on that. Not obsessing on the past or the future is hugely helpful in managing stress. But it does seem that our brains are hardwired to think forwards and backwards . . .and brood!
    May 2015 be a year of less angsting!
    I did not have black-eyed peas but did have circle-food—a toasted bagel!

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  12. I’m not very good at mindfulness either, but am working to get better at it. Yoga this past year has helped me focus on that. Not obsessing on the past or the future is hugely helpful in managing stress. But it does seem that our brains are hardwired to think forwards and backwards . . .and brood!
    May 2015 be a year of less angsting!
    I did not have black-eyed peas but did have circle-food—a toasted bagel!

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  13. I’m not very good at mindfulness either, but am working to get better at it. Yoga this past year has helped me focus on that. Not obsessing on the past or the future is hugely helpful in managing stress. But it does seem that our brains are hardwired to think forwards and backwards . . .and brood!
    May 2015 be a year of less angsting!
    I did not have black-eyed peas but did have circle-food—a toasted bagel!

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  14. I’m not very good at mindfulness either, but am working to get better at it. Yoga this past year has helped me focus on that. Not obsessing on the past or the future is hugely helpful in managing stress. But it does seem that our brains are hardwired to think forwards and backwards . . .and brood!
    May 2015 be a year of less angsting!
    I did not have black-eyed peas but did have circle-food—a toasted bagel!

    Reply
  15. I’m not very good at mindfulness either, but am working to get better at it. Yoga this past year has helped me focus on that. Not obsessing on the past or the future is hugely helpful in managing stress. But it does seem that our brains are hardwired to think forwards and backwards . . .and brood!
    May 2015 be a year of less angsting!
    I did not have black-eyed peas but did have circle-food—a toasted bagel!

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  16. Some of you Wenches have mentioned Genealogy as a hobby. Over in the Genealogy community there is a 13-week Genealogy Do Over project. I am involved in that. I hope to learn to become more efficient in my genealogy searches and records. I’ll be BUSY for the next 13 weeks (but not too busy to relax and read the Wenches’ wonderful stories!)

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  17. Some of you Wenches have mentioned Genealogy as a hobby. Over in the Genealogy community there is a 13-week Genealogy Do Over project. I am involved in that. I hope to learn to become more efficient in my genealogy searches and records. I’ll be BUSY for the next 13 weeks (but not too busy to relax and read the Wenches’ wonderful stories!)

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  18. Some of you Wenches have mentioned Genealogy as a hobby. Over in the Genealogy community there is a 13-week Genealogy Do Over project. I am involved in that. I hope to learn to become more efficient in my genealogy searches and records. I’ll be BUSY for the next 13 weeks (but not too busy to relax and read the Wenches’ wonderful stories!)

    Reply
  19. Some of you Wenches have mentioned Genealogy as a hobby. Over in the Genealogy community there is a 13-week Genealogy Do Over project. I am involved in that. I hope to learn to become more efficient in my genealogy searches and records. I’ll be BUSY for the next 13 weeks (but not too busy to relax and read the Wenches’ wonderful stories!)

    Reply
  20. Some of you Wenches have mentioned Genealogy as a hobby. Over in the Genealogy community there is a 13-week Genealogy Do Over project. I am involved in that. I hope to learn to become more efficient in my genealogy searches and records. I’ll be BUSY for the next 13 weeks (but not too busy to relax and read the Wenches’ wonderful stories!)

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  21. I have not made any new resolutions as I still have those from several years past that have not been fulfilled– though I did finish one regency gown last year and have a complete MSS. That it is complete is all that one can say for either mss or gown.
    Also, need to keep reminding myself to look more at blessings than adversities.

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  22. I have not made any new resolutions as I still have those from several years past that have not been fulfilled– though I did finish one regency gown last year and have a complete MSS. That it is complete is all that one can say for either mss or gown.
    Also, need to keep reminding myself to look more at blessings than adversities.

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  23. I have not made any new resolutions as I still have those from several years past that have not been fulfilled– though I did finish one regency gown last year and have a complete MSS. That it is complete is all that one can say for either mss or gown.
    Also, need to keep reminding myself to look more at blessings than adversities.

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  24. I have not made any new resolutions as I still have those from several years past that have not been fulfilled– though I did finish one regency gown last year and have a complete MSS. That it is complete is all that one can say for either mss or gown.
    Also, need to keep reminding myself to look more at blessings than adversities.

    Reply
  25. I have not made any new resolutions as I still have those from several years past that have not been fulfilled– though I did finish one regency gown last year and have a complete MSS. That it is complete is all that one can say for either mss or gown.
    Also, need to keep reminding myself to look more at blessings than adversities.

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  26. that sounds fabulous,Sue! I’d love to learn more about genealogy. Sigh. Perhaps I’d better add yet another item to the resolution list: find more time to explore things that I know would interest me. Maybe if 8 more hours are added to a day (See, I’m not greedy!)
    Enjoy, and please report back on how you are doing!

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  27. that sounds fabulous,Sue! I’d love to learn more about genealogy. Sigh. Perhaps I’d better add yet another item to the resolution list: find more time to explore things that I know would interest me. Maybe if 8 more hours are added to a day (See, I’m not greedy!)
    Enjoy, and please report back on how you are doing!

    Reply
  28. that sounds fabulous,Sue! I’d love to learn more about genealogy. Sigh. Perhaps I’d better add yet another item to the resolution list: find more time to explore things that I know would interest me. Maybe if 8 more hours are added to a day (See, I’m not greedy!)
    Enjoy, and please report back on how you are doing!

    Reply
  29. that sounds fabulous,Sue! I’d love to learn more about genealogy. Sigh. Perhaps I’d better add yet another item to the resolution list: find more time to explore things that I know would interest me. Maybe if 8 more hours are added to a day (See, I’m not greedy!)
    Enjoy, and please report back on how you are doing!

    Reply
  30. that sounds fabulous,Sue! I’d love to learn more about genealogy. Sigh. Perhaps I’d better add yet another item to the resolution list: find more time to explore things that I know would interest me. Maybe if 8 more hours are added to a day (See, I’m not greedy!)
    Enjoy, and please report back on how you are doing!

    Reply
  31. I usually resolve to exercise more, and I am very hopeful that this is the year it will happen, for 2 reasons. I got a Fitbit exercise band a couple of months ago, which has been an incredible motivator, and I signed up for a Zumba class starting next week!

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  32. I usually resolve to exercise more, and I am very hopeful that this is the year it will happen, for 2 reasons. I got a Fitbit exercise band a couple of months ago, which has been an incredible motivator, and I signed up for a Zumba class starting next week!

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  33. I usually resolve to exercise more, and I am very hopeful that this is the year it will happen, for 2 reasons. I got a Fitbit exercise band a couple of months ago, which has been an incredible motivator, and I signed up for a Zumba class starting next week!

    Reply
  34. I usually resolve to exercise more, and I am very hopeful that this is the year it will happen, for 2 reasons. I got a Fitbit exercise band a couple of months ago, which has been an incredible motivator, and I signed up for a Zumba class starting next week!

    Reply
  35. I usually resolve to exercise more, and I am very hopeful that this is the year it will happen, for 2 reasons. I got a Fitbit exercise band a couple of months ago, which has been an incredible motivator, and I signed up for a Zumba class starting next week!

    Reply
  36. I have decided to write one letter to each of those I love throughout the year and tell them why they mean so much to me. I did this about 10 years ago and have wanted to repeat it and 2015 is the year to do just that…

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  37. I have decided to write one letter to each of those I love throughout the year and tell them why they mean so much to me. I did this about 10 years ago and have wanted to repeat it and 2015 is the year to do just that…

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  38. I have decided to write one letter to each of those I love throughout the year and tell them why they mean so much to me. I did this about 10 years ago and have wanted to repeat it and 2015 is the year to do just that…

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  39. I have decided to write one letter to each of those I love throughout the year and tell them why they mean so much to me. I did this about 10 years ago and have wanted to repeat it and 2015 is the year to do just that…

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  40. I have decided to write one letter to each of those I love throughout the year and tell them why they mean so much to me. I did this about 10 years ago and have wanted to repeat it and 2015 is the year to do just that…

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