A New Year. A New Decade.


We arrived home late last night from our week vacation which unfortunately was plagued by the dreaded stomach virus.  It was a bummer way to end 2010, and put a damper on several holiday plans (New Year’s Eve celebration included), however despite this, the bright spot was that I let our 10-year old stay up to watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest ring in the New Year in Times Square.  A reminder that the little things in life often count the most.  Last night, we couldn’t tell how much snow we had leftover from the aftermath of the Nor’easter (we managed to escape before the storm), but this morning we woke up to much less than we had expected.

As I looked out into the backyard, my thoughts carried, beyond the wetlands and conservation land that sits behind the trees in the horizon, to what lies ahead?  It brought me to a mental inventory and reflections of the events of the past year, and even the past decade – the milestones, the births, our loved-ones lost, the successes, hardships, triumphs, tragedies, celebrations and grief.  Then the kids’ laughter (they’re thrilled to be home with their Christmas toys!) brought me back.  I can hope, dream and wonder, but my reality is…to live for today and to embrace every moment I can.  That’s it.  No New Year’s resolutions, per se.  I have the same resolutions that apply everyday, not just this New Year.  Simply, they are (and for the sake of the blog, I’ll group into 3):

1)  Prioritize family.  Call home.  Call siblings.  Be patient with my children.  Stay in touch with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and long-distance friends.

2)  Balance.  Breathe.  Find balance with health and wellness.  Organize.  De-clutter.  Simplify.  Nurture friendships.  Stop trying to walk a tightrope.

3)  Be kind.  Pay it forward.  Perform random acts of kindness.  Help those in need.  Do Unto Others…

Generic?  Maybe.  But that’s all I’ve got for you.  My laundry lists of things I need, want and hope to accomplish can’t be encompassed into “three.”  I did, however, have one thought today (one for my bucket list).  My good friend, AMF, started a New Year’s Eve tradition several years ago, and while I haven’t spoken to her recently, I wondered if she did this last night?  AMF and her husband every New Year’s Eve, rather than celebrate into the wee hours, write a letter to their children about the year that has just passed.  I love this.  What a great treasure!

Wishing all health and happiness in 2011.


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