My Resolutions…2013

526772_532712873423076_748988913_n      New Year’s Resolutions….too often equated with a silly annual attempt to make some drastic life change. Why does this have to be a half-hearted thought complete with a nod and wink to defeat. I vow that this year…it will be different for me. Oh I may try to eat healthier…sleep more…and cut out some of the wine (maybe). But these are not resolutions about my life, they are mere attempts I will make now and again to get my body back on track. My resolutions- declarations as they are- will encompass my life as a human being and not what society determines through mass commercials of dream diets and exotic exercise equipment.

     As you sit and ponder your New Year’s Resolutions…I ask you to consider this to be the year of your personal declaration of who you are and strive to be each day. There will be moments of regression (much like eating cake on a diet) but overall…the awareness and focus of being a better person within our souls regardless of our body shapes and sizes.

So here I write my life resolutions….

I resolve to be a better listener to others- for when one speaks they do so with the desire to be heard. One of the greatest gifts we can give another is letting their voice speak their thoughts. Wars have been fought over the right to be heard and many have died trying. It is a basic human right to have a voice, to be seen and noted. Yet, this is difficult…very difficult especially when the words do not connect with my own. I realize this and desire to make a better effort to open my ears and close my mouth more.

I resolve to be a better steward to the planet earth. I am concerned about the future of the earth and our impact upon what life holds for our children and grandchildren. Nature’s beauty and our wonderful planet has been taken for granted way too long and I must do my part to respect this world that I live upon. I have so long been a taker and cluttered the world with my garbage. I hope to explore ways to change, be kinder in my consumption.

I resolve to live more in the present. It is truly a gift from the universe and one I never fully unwrap as I throw back the covers and begin my day. I have lists of things to do, lists of things undone and lists of things yet to be completed. Lists upon lists filling up my tomorrows before I ever get there. I am clearing them from my head and paper. Today I will do what seems to fit into my day and no more or less. I will find contentment in this day and when it is done…be grateful for it. I will enjoy each season as it comes – unique that it is and full of the unexpected. I will breathe deep the crisp, cool winter air and amaze myself with the world outside as it rests in wait of spring. I will marvel at the new spring buds and blossoms as they unabashedly abound with a desire to survive. I will warm my bones and my soul in the summer sunshine and welcome the sweat of the summer heat. I will watch the beauty of fall, walking in the woods and sitting by a fire as the world gets painted in warmth of reds, oranges and yellows. Knowing that soon winter will be back and change will circle around again.

I resolve to spread kindness…pay it forward if you will. It can be free to give and anyone who receives unfettered compassion from another will tell you- it is priceless. To keep myself mindful of this, I will each month have at least one anonymous act of unexpected kindness completed…maybe more. Each day is filled with possibilities…and honestly should result in at least one simple act of kindness on a daily basis. If you have never done this before, try it. The unexpected thoughtfulness may really make an impression on someone who needs to again believe in this world. Unfortunately, we see mainly that which is dark, depressing and violent in our world as we watch the news. It makes us scared, defensive and builds walls of insecurity that separates us from each other.  I do not want to live in such a world that fills me with fear and the utter belief that I have no control.  Actually, I refuse to believe it.  So I will take control of my world, resolve to live in the present, effectively listen to others, be kinder to my planet and sprinkle a bit of kindness, compassion with others and see what grows. I invite you to join me and see what we can do over the next year. We can make change and it is time to do so. I resolve to try.

Seeking Passion

Salt Fork – 2012

     The passions of life…for me evoked by the random sprinkling of crimson red leaves in the autumn landscape. When I gaze upon those tall timbered beauties I find my eyes searching for the fiery color like one seeking a friend through the crowd. When I come upon the bits of alluring carmine glow, I become encouraged in some way about life. An assurance that passion still exists in the world and just waiting to be discovered by those who seek it.

     While all of the forest leaves combined create a magnificent painting of nature – it is the savory and spicy reds that I adore. For me, a reminder that passion is a condiment that virtually makes life taste fuller, richer and a bit exotic. Largely associated with romance and lovers, passion is so much more and must not be confined as such. It can be felt through ones profession, hobbies, interests and convictions – attained not by money but by immersing oneself fully into that which one enjoys and finds inner reward. To be passionate about something is to achieve success in finding a resonating connection with one’s soul. And those brilliant red leaves which dabble between the yellow and green, those rosy glimmers that catch my eye…they tell me passion is out there…go find it.

Into The Mystic

   

Denali, Alaska

     Into The Mystic…my thoughts travel when it is late at night and the sun slumbers. After the world around me quiets and my day is done.  It is this time when I love to explore the mysteries of life and I sink my thoughts deep into the waters of wondering.  I don’t always ask for answers, many times it is just the experience of being that I seek.  The thought that just maybe life is so much more than that which I see with my eyes and feel with my fingers. Maybe it is more than the sounds that fill my ears and the scents that beset my nose.  I ponder.

     Of course there are times when I have lost my way and my thoughts become frustrated fragments.  Bits and pieces of things I must do, things that I can not control and things that cause me angst.  When my travel brings me here, I hope for resolution to sweep me away. Otherwise, my night becomes long and difficult.  No longer my friend, time creeps slowly past not speaking a word but maintaining its presence.

     I want to voyage into the mystic and take myself to places much larger than me.  Places where the daily problems don’t matter in the grander scheme and life is fuller with less in it. Places where I know I am part of a whole, a piece of the puzzle.  I have meaning and I own space and I am connected with my universe.  A place that is soul-ly mine.  Such a sweet destination for my thoughts… when it is late at night and the sun slumbers.

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

(Into The Mystic …by Van Morrison, one of my favorite songs)