Thursday, January 03, 2013


I am not big on making New Year's Resolutions.  There are things that I do strive for, but life is life and sometimes I don't get all those
"things" completely done.  About large projects, I tell my son, "just do a little bit at a time if it all seems like too much.  Certainly a little bit is better than no bit".  And so that is how we try to tackle cleaning, organizing, learning new things...  notice the word try.  But at least we are trying!  

No, I am not the greatest at what I tackle, but I try.  My son and I laugh at some of my attempts, it is best to take these things with humor than being upset.  And he is learning from me - if it is not perfect, it is ok.  For example, Martha Stewart... now he knows that Martha Stewart has a huge staff and they take many photos to get the "perfect" picture.  We don't strive for that when we look at a project to do together - we look at fun.  Just the other day we were looking at snowman cookies for decorating ideas and he kept telling me - "Mom, you better look for an easier design than that!  You aren't so good at decorating cookies!".  He knows.  But we are still planning on having a "Snowman Party" in a few weeks.  We are decorating, playing games like "pin the nose on Frosty", having pizza, etc.  It won't look like a magazine spread, but it will be fun!  And in the chaos, I will try to remain calm.
I might not be able to control life, but I can try to remain calm.  I think that will be my "word" for the year... calm.  I would like to try to remain calm.  To try not to blow things out of proportion.  It has been a challenging year; we have had our struggles, but we have also had our good times and laughs.  I am going to try hard not to worry so much about things that I can't control.  

 There are also actions that I can incorporate into my everyday life.  And feelings.  Even in my "busyness", I still have time to have a cup of tea with a neighbor.  To make a casserole for a family that has a sick Mom.  To wake up in the morning and appreciate my good health and my DH's and son's good health.  My warm house.  That we have food.  There are so many things that drag my feelings down, but this year I am going to really try to focus on the good things.  I think if I do this, it will help me remain calm.  So, whether in storm, fog or clear weather, I am going to focus on being calm.  No matter the weather...  There is stability in that.  Tethered.  Calm.  Because sooner or later the storm is over and the sun comes back out. 


Lori in South Dakota said...

great plan Evelyn! I often tell myself to look for what I HAVE, and be thankful for it. The simple things. Yes--you are so right!

straythreads said...

Well said! about being thankful and stress and tackling projects and I've said for a long time Martha has a staff of hundreds makeing her look good.

dot said...

I like what you have to say, I have to remember that, the sun will come out tomorrow. 2012 was not a very good year for me and I am hoping and praying 2013 fairs better.