Monday, December 31, 2012
Another New Year
And here we are... on the precipice of yet another New Year. This was my 50th year, and one that I thought would be monumental in terms of things I wanted to achieve. I didn't make a list. Maybe that was my error. It's easier to refer to a list and mark things off. I had lots of things in my head I wanted to achieve, and yet, the year flew by, and now it's December 31 again.
I wanted to learn to meditate. I did download some guided meditation and did it maybe twice? For some reason, I just would not carve out the time to be still. I'll keep that as a goal. I really wanted to focus on shedding the 15-20 pounds I've gained over the past 11 years. To that end, I did end up purchasing a wonderful recumbent bike which I've faithfully used 3-4 times a week since July. But, my eating and wine drinking did not scale back enough to show the results of my faithful bicycling. I am however, back on track at this moment, so maybe there is yet hope. I did read many wonderful books and stretched my mind and faith quite a bit due to those wonderful reads. And, I did somehow find a way to help Sam want to get healthier, which was always a thorn in my side. He fully surprised me by embracing the idea that we needed to avoid all the things that go along with being obese, including diabetes. To that end, he shed 66 pounds since January and I am so proud of him, I simply glow when I brag to others how well he's done. He started at 247 and now weighs in at 181. Wonder of wonders. That alone should be my crowning glory this year. Maybe the meditation and weight loss for me pales in comparison.
What will this coming year bring? Who knows. But, I will continue to try and have an open heart and mind and I will still work towards more enlightenment for myself as I navigate this thing called life. And, I hope the same for you. In the end, as long as we can embrace the love, joy, and discovery, our life will be full and contented, no matter what comes our way. Know that you matter. Take efforts to make others feel they matter too. Be kind to yourself and others. Smile each day. Soak in the sunrises and sunsets. Be at peace.