Gently down the stream

Cozy homeIt took me a week or so to realize it but, for the first time, I have no aspirations or goals for the new year! I didn’t even think about it on New Year’s Eve, which is the time when I traditionally ponder what I accomplished during the previous year and then sketch out the things I’d like to accomplish in the new year to come. This is so unusual for me that I actually can’t remember EVER (as an adult) starting a new year without them. For many years I called them resolutions, then I changed to aspirations because I thought resolutions sounded too harsh and rigid but, whatever I called it, the bottom line was that I always had a list of goals for the new year. When I was still working the list was a combination of career and personal goals and then, after I retired, the list naturally became focused on personal goals – but I always had them!

Last year my main goal was to finish Liberty’s AKC training classes and have her tested to become registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Inc. and we accomplished that. We have been volunteering for PAWS to Read at two elementary schools and, although that doesn’t require therapy dog registration, we’re all set for any opportunities that do require it. In other years I’ve had such goals as finishing a book and getting it published (done!) and passing the 100 design threshold on my greeting card website www.greetingcarduniverse.com/LyndaLinke (done!). I had wanted to visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for a long time and I made it a goal for 2015 (done!)

Maybe it’s because I’m older and I’m just experiencing time in a different way than I ever have before. Maybe my perspective has changed because I’ve been learning so much about history and the bible over the past few years. At times, I feel like I’m floating on a stream and everything just flows in and around me and that feels good after so many years of feeling restless and discontented – and possibly too goal-oriented. I finally feel that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to do.

I have some vague ideas about losing 10 lbs, writing a new book, adding more card designs to my website, seeking new volunteer opportunities for Liberty and me, and doing some small home improvement jobs, but those ideas don’t carry the same weight as “goals”. All I really want is to stay healthy and be grateful everyday for my blessings – I even have a new sign hanging in my dining room so I can see it every time I sit down to eat “Blessings … count them one by one”. I  actually don’t care if I accomplish anything this year or not … and there is an unexpected feeling of freedom in that.

PS/Ann – thanks for the card. So glad to know you’re still reading and enjoying my blog. Blessings to you and Ira 🙂

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.”  ~Henry Moore

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What is this New Year of which you speak? My goals are always the same … food, love, walks, rides in the car, and TOYS!  

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Christmas Wishes

The too-tall Christmas tree Christmas is a magical time. It’s a time when we are reminded of redemption, love, generosity and forgiveness. We are reminded of miracles and mysteries. It also seems to be a time for wishes.

We all have wishes we hope will come true – for children it is their requests to Santa; for adults it is usually more complicated. Sometimes we might wish for material things but, more often, we wish for intangibles like love, good health, and good fortune. If we have family members far away who are unable to gather together for Christmas, we wish them the comfort and companionship of good friends. If loved ones are traveling a long distance to share Christmas with us, we wish for their safe arrival. For those who are no longer with us, we wish peace.

This Christmas I have four wishes. I wish to be a person who is more tolerant, more patient, and more grateful and, last but not least, to have more love in my life – both given and received. Many years ago I stopped making a list of New Year’s resolutions and decided to have “aspirations” instead. I will carry these four Christmas wishes in my heart and make them my New Year’s aspirations  every day.

Think about the difference between resolutions and aspirations – aspirations are messages from your higher self; resolutions are usually based on “shoulds” – and be kinder and gentler to yourself in 2014.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year … and may all your wishes come true.

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.        ~Michelangelo

Stella's fondest wishes usually involve treats!

Stella’s fondest wishes usually involve treats!

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