HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(No, I did not take this picture, in case you were wondering. I googled “New Years.” Bam).
Every year, right around December 30th and 31st, it seems people decide on how they will be different in the following 12 months. They talk about what they will stop doing or start doing or finish doing. I do it too. One year, I distinctly remember posting a New Year’s Eve Facebook status to the tune of “In the new year, I just want to have the soul of Mother Teresa and the body of Adriana Lima… is that too much to ask?!” (Note: apparently, yes, it is…) It is so easy to think “In the new year, I will lose weight!”, “In the new year, I will be a better wife/husband/partner/juggler/dancer/cook….”, “In the new year I will stop smoking/drinking too much/using the Oxford comma incorrectly” and the list goes on. Sometimes, there are things in our lives that we discern are bad for us that we need to stop doing ASAP (smoking, being around people who aren’t healthy forces in our life, etc. etc.) And don’t get me wrong, friends, it’s good to have goals. People need goals (or aims, aspirations, and other synonyms). As humans it seems we generally have a need to grow and change (or at least be open to growth and changing). Allow me to share with you one of my favorite quotes:
I want to keep my soul fertile for the changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it’s time for things to die. I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not read the same page recurrently.
Donald Miller wrote that. Not only do I love Donald Miller, I love this idea. Our beings are meant to figure things out and allow our new knowledge to shape who we are and how we interact with the world. However, we should be wary not to let the ideas of what we wish to become completely overshadow who we are now. Regardless of how much you weigh, or how much you smoke, or how much you want to improve your communication skills, you are a valuable person. Look in the mirror on any given day and say “Bitch (or whatever word you choose), I’m fabulous!” It will nourish your soul today and help you stay open to the things that are being cultivated in you.
Cheers to a new year!
P.s. All of this agricultural imagery has reminded me that in the new year, I want to start a garden…