Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On the New Year

"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

This is a post that I wrote back in December of 2007 from my old blog. It stands the test of time and is worthy of a republish:

Many "bloggers" seem to be posting wish lists of things they hope to accomplish in 2008. It's admirable to have the confidence to publicly announce your goals, but you won't see any of that here. My goals and wish lists are perpetual and on-going from week to week and month to month. You could say I decided on my "resolutions" sometime back in the 1980's and those same goals have either been evolving, achieved, dismissed, or replaced ever since, in one continuous marathon of moving forward. One could figure that the middle of March is about a good a time as any to start something new, so why limit yourself to the first day of January?

What I do enjoy this time of year is the post-Christmas return to the "quiet rhythms of daily life", which I think is a phrase I read somewhere, but can't recall what book it came from. But I like routine, I like schedule, I value the monotony of day to day life. Yet, in our home, there is also a constant feeling of renewal and a feeling of new goals being set that replace completed projects. And that too, takes the form of ongoing resolutions.

We lived for nearly six months this past year without a stove, as my husband had to install gas service before we could use the one we purchased. When he finally hooked up that stove and I could cook, well, now that was a "new year"! More fulfilling than a thousand new year's resolutions brought to successful completion, my kitchen (still very much a construction zone) was full of the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of pies I hadn't baked in ages, meals I always wanted to try, and culinary skills rediscovered.

Each time new windows were installed, a bulb was planted in barren soil, a new pet was taken in, each time a new unforeseen blessing unfolded it was as if we were experiencing the completion of a resolution we never even knew we had made. We set some goals and made some plans along the way, but so much of it was in God's hands that we could hardly take credit for all of the tasks we managed to successfully complete in 2007. Chances are, you can look back on your life this past year and come up with a list of wonderful things that came to fruition, also.

New post soon.


  1. You are absolutely precious as always - just on the day I post my "resolutions"! I, too, enjoy monotony and routine. I think it's a form of security for me and I like it. Loved the post and believe it or not, I've never read Anne of Green Gables. How is that possible?? I've never read Little Women either and that's where my mom got my name. Go fig. That definitely was a post worthy of republishing. Have a good week ~ ♥

  2. Yes that is a writing worthy of re-posting. I like to think of it as seasons that we all experience-- the beginning vision through the satisfaction of completion...


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