I read a couple blog and Facebook posts today that made me think of the new year in a new way. Ann wrote about picking one word to describe your year and Christine wrote about making a to do list versus a list of resolutions. And the title of today’s blog post was a caption from a Facebook image. All of these ideas help us to frame our thinking in a positive way and to be mindful of our gift of time. The Dutch have a saying that basically says in the concert of life, there is no program. We have to write our script every day.
My word for the year is Flow. I don’t think we have control over our life and that we have to choose to flow with whatever comes our way. I am thankful for all that is good in my life and I know how blessed I am. And of course there are challenges – but I choose to continue to accept what is, and to be happy and flow like a river over any rocks (obstacles) that present themselves. I choose to write about the good things, but believe me – my life isn’t perfect. I like to see it as perfectly imperfect. Just the way I like it.
And as for my To Do list, here are a few things I’m thinking about this year:
Paddling across the canals of Amsterdam on my new SUP board.
Learning Dutch with Jeff by taking a class together.
Running every other day and lifting kettle bells again.
Improving my tennis game.
Volunteering at the kids’ school.
Planning some more trips for our family.
Entertaining at least once a month, trying new meals without a BBQ!
Organizing my photos – this is on my list every year!
Sending hand written birthday cards to
Planning a trip back to California.
Finding a yoga class close to home.
Baking with Juliana.
Staying connected with friends and family.
Writing about Here I Am daily.
I think that’s a good start. What is on your Program? Do you have a Word that guides you? I asked my family their words and here was what they shared: Fun, Love, Patience, and Determination. I’m excited for 2013 and am curious what changes it will bring. Aren’t you?
And before I say good night, I just want to wish Juliana a very, happy birthday. We had fun celebrating her today in Portugal, even though the stores were closed. We missed baking cakes with April and Stacey, and are very excited to bake April’s chocolate cake that she sent J when we get back home!
The best part of the day was taking a ferry ride across the water to a little town called Cacihais. It felt like and looked like we were in San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge. I felt at home!!