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Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolutions...again.

Does anyone ever really accomplish their New Year's goals or resolutions?  Most that I read are more like life goals than something that can be "finished" in a set time frame.
I'm not looking back over the past year with a lot of regret even though my list of resolutions could be the same for 2012  I did some of the things on my list but as I've mentioned elsewhere, it seems that the more planning I do, the more diversions I face.  And I know that's life, right?  But, I wouldn't trade most of them for anything on my New Year's list!
Here's some of the things that interrupt my plans or resolutions...
~ Stolen moments with my kids or husband, (stolen...not planned)

~ a quick walk around the house because it's a nice day...(where I live you take a nice day when you can get it!)

~ stopping to dance because a catchy song came over the radio...(No control over that)

~ a call from a friend...(Love those!)

~ sitting on the floor petting the cat or dog just because they're giving me that "look"...(scheduled petting? Hah!)

~ a txt that makes me smile!...(Yeah, completely unexpected)

~ learning something new that wasn't on the list...(Those are called unforeseen opportunities!  Grab them!)

~ starting a new, unplanned project and dropping everything until it's finished...(Who knows what will come up?)

~ worthwhile tangents...(tangent...a straight line that intersects the circumference of a circle at only one point, perpendicular to the radius. Meaning that, in the course of our day, we often strike off on a path or topic that requires our attention or piques our interest but wasn't a planned part of our routine. You might call this "flying by the seat of our pants"...sometimes. ;)

~ writing something that pops into my mind because I know if I don't, I'll lose it...(Memory issues...scary things!)

~ stopping for a cup of tea or coffee when I have a million things to do...(Taking five to revive!)

~ reading something on a blog or Facebook that made me laugh or taught me something.  (Come on!  Who really plans to spend time on Facebook?  But it happens, right?)

~ Hugs and heart to heart talks...(I'm going to sit down and have a deep meaningful conversation from 1:45 to 2PM.  Yeah, that's how it always happens!)

If I had to plan to do most of these things, they'd never happen.  I mean, who plans to laugh at a certain time or so many times a day?  Who plans a hug?  I mean, you just know when you see certain people, you're going to hug them but it still feels like a pleasant surprise to me!

Life, with all it's diversions, is what makes us who we are...makes us strong and God is here to help us carry the load, heavy or light.  To carry US when we can't do it anymore.  To spurs us on when we're on a roll.  To chide us when we're on the wrong path.  To hide us in the palm of His hand when we're sad or afraid.  Or to let us stand up and laugh when we're happy...and laughs with us.

I think my New Year's resolution will be to try to find the joy in life and accept the diversions as divine redirection. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to forget about all the goals, broken promises, etc. I've made each year at this time.  But instead of feeling defeated because I'm not accomplishing all of the things I've written there, I'm going to try to focus on the things I have done/am doing and do all of them to God's glory.

He's better at making improvements in me than I am...

Much herbal love,

Jenny Matlock
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  1. way to go! It's important to have goals to keep us on track, but it's equally important to live life to the fullest and as you point out, sometimes that doesn't show up on our list of goals! Happy 2012!

  2. Such a lovely post! In a nutshell, the main theme of all New Year's resolutions is HOPE.

  3. Hope.

    One of my favorite words.

    I want to thank you for all the work you put into your blog.

    I always enjoy visiting's like seeing an old friend and laughing and learning together each time!

    Sending you warm wishes and blessings for a 2012 filled with creativity, joy and always HOPE!


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