Good Morning 2017!
I think of a new year as a point of renewal. No longer for making resolutions, joining gyms, changing my diet, changing the way I think, introducing some new form of discipline, but rather a marker in time that reads "Do Over Starting Line".
How is that different than the typical "New Me" strategy that so many people employ? It is not reinvention. Instead, I get to start out with a fresh me. I get to forgive myself for the things that did not go so well in 2016. There is this fresh, new, pristine year and I get to do better, be better than I was in the last.
I have a lot of goals this year.
Stand Up, Speak Up, Act Up
Nurture my marriage
Ah, you say! These are too broad, don't have action plans and aren't measurable! Not so.
I know when I am kind. I know how I feel and how my heart benefits from behaving this way. I know how to be kind. I know this is how I *want* to feel.
I know social injustice when I see it. Looking up and challenging it a duty. Becoming active in my communities is a responsibility. Protecting our vulnerable populations is an obligation I am ready to take on.
Creativity is not just sewing, weaving, writing. It's also the practice of introducing creative thought into problem solving of all kinds. This will be a year where I challenge rules and old thought processes and approach my days with an open mind.
I have been blessed with a partnership that complements us both. This has been such a hard 4 years, as we navigate complex family problems, retirement, illnesses, and commitments that have cut down on our time together. At times I feel us pulling apart under the burden, but every time I feel the cord ready to snap, we pull back to neutral, closer still. Our well being, as a couple, defines much of our personal well being, and effort put into appreciation, intimacy, grace and humor strengthens us in all we do.
***I wrote this in January and never published. I'm going to now. I still feel the same way, and have been moving forward in all these areas. So here goes! Onward through 2017!