New Year Thoughts


For me the new year really starts today because that's when I'm back on the job as a crossing guard. That time between Boxing Day and today is The Winter Holiday...even if I have work to do...even when I was working in retail.

Maybe this is why I only just started thinking of New Year's Resolutions.

My new year resolution about a decade ago was to stop making new year resolutions. It hasn't stopped me thinking about them. One thing I think is that resolutions are like diets. The moment to decide on one you immediately want to break it. So, no resolutions. But inspirations are okay. My apologies if I stray into the cliche. These are the inspirations I need at the moment.
"We must keep putting one foot in front of the other, even when we hurt, for we never know what is waiting for us just around the bend."
Of course, sometimes what's waiting for us is something tough to face. I've had times in my past when every corner turned seemed to bring fresh heartache. I have good friends who are finding that now. Sometimes the bad things keep on coming, but we still have to get through them for the sake of others as well as ourselves. The only way to do it is one step at a time.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
Anne Sweeney (President of Walt Disney)
This is a life lesson I keep having to remind myself of. There are things I could have done to get ahead that I didn't because they weren't who I was. There's no point in me wishing things were otherwise, or I was otherwise. I'm a good mother, a good sister, daughter and friend. I'm neither rich nor famous, but I believe I am respected. That's no small thing.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Nicolas Chamfort

I suffer from depression. The most effective way I have of coping is laughing... often by laughing at myself. Laughter isn't frivolous. It's a survival trait. It's one of the ways we keep ourselves putting one foot in front of the other.

So, as an author reaching out to fellow authors and readers, this is my wish for you for 2019:
May you have all courage of your favourite heroes with none of the angst. May tomorrow be better than yesterday and the next day better than that. But if they aren't, may you have the strength and good humour to get through it.

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