Monday, January 2, 2012


It's here.

A new year.

We are older, and hopefully wiser.

In a year's time, you are bound to learn some things.

Many things, hopefully.

Important things and some seemingly trivial things too, I'm sure.

Life is a process,  a series of experiences that teach us about many, many things.

Some of the things we learn are important to our jobs, our daily tasks, our survival.

Some are important to our soul.

I am being very vague here, partly because the important things we learn vary from person to person.

I can only tell you what they are for me.

In 2011 I tried to be "present"..... to really listen.  In the moment.  Appreciating what I have, who I have, right now.  In front of me.  Talking to me.  Sharing something with me. 

I failed.

I tried, and when I didn't get caught up in the "rush rush, hurry hurry" of it all, I did ok. 

But many times I failed. 

I am very thankful for a forgiving, merciful God.  I am very thankful for a forgiving, and merciful family.

I am trying again.  I try every day...somedays with more "awareness" than others.

On those days I tend to do better. 

So again, for 2012 I will try to live in the moment.  I will try harder to be present to those who are with me right now and really listen to them.

I'm sure I'll fail again, on many occasions.

But I will keep reminding myself every day of what's most important.

So maybe this year my goal will not only be to live in the moment, but I think I'll add "simplify". 

Too much on one's plate doesn't leave much room for living in the moment. 

Because you're too busy making plans for or rushing off to the next moment.

Simplify, and live in the moment.  That's what I need to do.

In this moment, I need to get some sleep.  It's 1:40 in the morning and I have a sick little boy.  Poor thing has a stomach virus.  He's really going to need me to be present to him tomorrow.

Hope this is a quick little virus that goes through his little system rapidly.

Also hope it leaves the rest of us alone.

Happy New Year to you all!
May 2012 be a year full of joyous moment and peace in your heart.



Grandma Jo said...

Very nicely stated, Tina! Wishing you much success in your resolutions for 2012! I'm sure you will do well but sometimes the succeeding is in the trying. If we totally give up, where does that get us - nowhere! So kudos to you for trying to "live in the moment" and "simplify!" Sound like GREAT resolutions to me. You will never fail to be the wonderful person you are in your MANY roles as long as you keep trying! And to me you do extremely well even if you don't think so. I know you are just being a realist when you say you will fail again - as being human tends to do to us - but you will always be a success in my book and in God's eyes in whatever you do!! God bless you and your family in 2012! Love you! :)

Theresa said...

I think this is an achieveable goal but only if you forgive yourself for not ALWAYS being successful. I call it "be here now" (in the moment, not matter the moment). When I'm at work, I try to "be here now". When I'm home, again, "be here now". Each area of our life deserves the attention but unfortunately it's now always easy to achieve. The goal could be to just do better. Attainable and respectable :)
Love ya, little sister :)