© January 1, 2007
We made it! Holding on for
dear life, we hung in there as 2006 streaked to it's roaring end.
Uh... yours *did* roar, right? Wasn't that the noise I heard... YOU
celebrating your 2006 accomplishments and just itchin' to jump in to 2007? to go
where no person has gone before !? Here's a little poem:
My 2006 was GREAT! and I hope yours was as
great as mine! YES... I had some challenges, and a couple of couple of
setbacks, but I had a lot of victories! Some
days it rained on my parade, but the sun always came back out. I had a few
tears, but I had a LOT of laughter,
and I am hear to tell you to NEVER underestimate the power... of being able to
wake up in the morning, move around on your own power and walk upright
on the planet. Because if we can do that,we still have the
ability to take control and affect our lives, and make something happen!
- We decked the halls
- We trimmed our
- We chased them
younguns on our knees
- We ate, we drank,
our songs we've sung...
And 0-0-6 has
- We face the New Year
bright-eyed, YES !
- New journeys, trips
and life conquests
- No one can stop us
- Life *WILL*
be grand in '0-0-7 !
Oh yeah! Now, I know that not everyone had a smooth year, and to
be honest, *I* didn't have a real smooth year either, but for some
reason my mind is focused on the things that went right!
You may not have had everything go right, but if you train your focus
on the things that did, you can march into 2007 with confidence, with your head
up and a smile on your face. Did you make a new friend? did you get
back an OLD friend? Did you find something you lost (maybe even "you
mind"?! ) Did you win one battle? Did you help someone else win one of
theirs? If you did any of this... you won!... and you can
still get up, move about on your own power, and walk upright on the
I was having lunch with a very good friend last week
(speaking of reconnecting with old friends), and we were talking about
the things that life had heaped on us over the past year, and my friend said,
"I've discovered the secret to dealing with life."
Well, I'm all up for discovering another secret,
because as "positive" as I think I am... some days I just know
I'm missing something, so I was all ears to hear what they had
to say. So I asked... "Really? What is that?" and my friend
looked at me and said, " the secret is not to allow myself to REACT
to life." They said, "things happen all the time, but if you
don't let yourself react to it... it won't control
I had to think about that for a while, and then
was amazed, because it made so much sense! A lot of times, we abruptly
react to a situation and make it worse, by
feeding the negative energy, like stoking a fire in the
fireplace. Many times, if we remain calm, allow ourselves to think it
through... no sudden reactions, we end up handling it differently. Many
times when someone upsets us and we respond from a gut reaction, we end up
actually feeding more negative energy into the situation and it spirals out of
control -- sometimes silly stuff that we end up laughing about later. But
when the "situations" of life seem to be assaulting us... if we can stand fast
& don't react (which can also be synonymous with overreact) the
situation will often calm, or defuse or pass with little or no harmful
effect. I'm sure you can think of cases in your own life where things
would have had a different o
So there is a perfect
thought to carry into 2007! Make it a goal -- a mantra -- not to let life
make you REACT. Take a breath, compose yourself; never let life "see you
sweat" and sometimes life with just back off, and you can go on and enjoy the
rest of your day... or week. Eh? I'm sure you'll find a way to
apply! and make life grand!
Well, I checked my list of
goals from earlier in the year. I won some! and some I'm still in
the game on (notice I didn't say I lost some... Perspective: Use it
or lose it.). Yes... STILL IN THE GAME on some, and I bet you are
too. But you know what? If you're moving around on
your own power and walking upright on the planet, 2007 can definitely
be your year... and I'll be doing all I can to help share with you the insights
And don't be shy! If you know a
secret... SHARE It! I promise to give you credit for it -- honest!
So with that, my friend, thank you! Thank you for having faith in
my writing and my thoughts, thank you for continuing to e-listen to me and, if
you're new, thank you for giving RAMBLINGS a chance. I have some GREAT
stuff planned for this new year. Glad you'll be
CONNECTED and be a part of it.
AWESOME, SPECTACULAR New Year's celebration, and I look forward
to hearing about your successes in this new year.
LIFE WILL BE HEAVEN!!!!!! in
2007 ! Let's make it work, y'all.