the new year is upon us…

2011 already…

last year i made myself this list of resolutions that quickly became more of a booklet…i’m seriously not exaggerating when i say that there were something like 30 or 40 resolutions when all was said and done…

a friend we visited on our road trip told me that she and her partner are the type of people who are always looking for the next big thing…that they always want something bigger.  but i think a lot of us are – i’m struggling with the notion that at virtually every point in my life i’ve been waiting for the next big thing…when i’ve finished this, or when i’ve overcome that – then what?  then things will be simpler, more fulfilling, more what-they’re-supposed-to-be…or something.

and of course, as great thinkers have been telling us for centuries, this is all the biggest part of suffering!  and yet…2011 is here and i’m not sure anyone i know has truly mastered the art of being present (apologies to those of you out there who may have attained enlightenment when i wasn’t looking!).  for crying out loud – this simplest of all things is by far the most difficult thing i’ve ever attempted, if my pathetic attempts can even fall into that category…and of course, therein lies the crux…

so putting nirvana to the side for a moment, i think that the call to being present is about more than personal spiritual peace – it’s also about creating peace for those around us…but how to find those connections when all of us are so caught up in yesterday and tomorrow (and i think, in this age it’s mostly tomorrow)?

this year i don’t want a list twenty miles long, and i don’t want to be looking for some aspect of my life that will make it that much better or easier or whatever…this year i want to be able to look around me at the roughly one gazillion blessings i have, and to revel in that – to bask in the great people and places in my life, and to find peace in that…who’s with me?

happy new year…here’s to being stuck inside with good books on rainy days, here’s to watching your children learn new things every day…here’s to inside jokes with your best friends, and to new connections with the wonderful people we will come across this year.  here’s to delicious homemade food, and going for a walk in the moonlight…here’s to that pretty thing that dandelions do on sunny days – here’s to here and now – we and us – this beautiful crazy life.

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4 thoughts on “the new year is upon us…

  1. Kate Brown says:

    I have had only one resolution every New Year since forever, and one year I may follow it better – it is simply to Do It. You see something that needs to be done – anything from socks that need washing to a letter that needs answering – just Do It; you think of a friend – phone them, write to them; you see an opportunity to do a little thing for someone (or even for yourself) – DO IT! You’ll never get it all done (the second half of the resolution is Not To Beat Yourself Up About This), but you’ll get more done if you just do it now rather than thinking about it until the moment passes. Anyway, this is rich coming from someone who relies on giant ongoing lists, so feel free to ignore it! Happy New Year!

    • Mom says:

      Love it! Beautiful! But if I didn’t put “losing weight” in every one of my New Years Resolutions I would think that I was ‘nearing the end’ and I have a long way to go—so goals are my personality in the important areas of my life–spiritual, personal, financial, and educational. But then you always knew your mother was anal. MOM

  2. Shoshana Levin says:

    Yay! I love hearing you say all of this. You have also motivated me with everything you wrote. Happy New Year!

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