My New Year’s Resolutions

About a week ago I wrote my blog for New Year’s day.  But I have gone back and read it and realized how negative and mean it was.  So I hit the delete button and it is gone.  While what I wrote may be true and valid, I have let it go and I’m ready to move into 2012 with a clean slate and a happy heart.
We all have made resolutions over the year.  “I will eat healthier”, “I will lose weight”, “I will work out.”.  Long laundry lists of things we want to do to improve ourself.  Most of which are forgotten by the middle of January.
So with that in mind my main resolution for 2012 is to “let it go.”  I will try not to fixate on things that I have no control over.  This includes not only situations but people.  Just because you have known someone for a good long while or even though they may be a family member, sometimes you have to let people go.
With that in mind, I will have to remind myself that I don’t have to be everyone’s friend.  I don’t “owe” them anything and they certainly don’t “owe” me anything.  I’ve realized that when I am really angry and upset it only affects me.  So in the future I will try my best to “let it go.”  I’ve printed this out on small pieces of paper and have put them in drawers, closets, boxes, shoes, and purses.  So hopefully in the new year when I drift into the danger zone of holding on to and nourishing my anger I will stumble across one of these slips of paper and it will remind me to “let it go.”
In addition I will focus on doing the things that I love to do.  Visiting with friends and family, cooking, and shopping.  Yes, in 2012 I vow to shop more.  I couldn’t tell you when I last purchased an article of clothing for myself out of want and not need.  I will try harder to make an effort to get together face to face with the people who are important in my life.  After all Time is the greatest gift you can give to someone.  The wonderful benefit of this gift is that you receive as much in return as you give.
I will also cook more.  Since the heat of this past summer I have not cooked as much as I usually do.  I love trying new recipes and discovering new things in the kitchen.  The one thing I really want to do in the kitchen is make an awesome omelet.  I gave up years ago and just settled for scrambles.  So next week I will search out the perfect omelet pan.  I’m sure I don’t have one and that is the only thing standing in the way of me being able to proudly slide an omelet onto a plate.
Last but by no means least (because its on my list every New Year’s Day).  I will get organized!!  Really, I will.  This year I’m going to do it.  I’ve got way to much junk.  I would like my home to be an oasis of comfort and relaxation.  Not a place where I open a cupboard or a door to a spare room and think “Yuck!!  I really need to do something about this.”
Finally, I wish you and all those you love a very Happy New Year!!  We may not accomplish everything on our lists, but the important thing is that we try.

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