A New Beginning

Well, it looks as though we are in the final throes of 2013 as the hours quickly tick down on the old clock. I know personally that as much as I have been blessed in the past year on the one hand, I will also be very glad to bid a fond farewell to this year. I have endured a lot of new situations in my work this past year that have really tested and tried my patience in a variety of ways. My hope is that this coming year will be totally different as I have a little better understanding of what’s expected of me on the job.

Since I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, I will instead wish for a new beginning in my life. There are several things that I have wanted to try to further pursue in this last year and I started out gung-ho about doing them and then it seems as though I have faltered here at the end. Therefore, I want to try harder to achieve some of my goals in the past for this new year 2014.

What would I like to accomplish in this New Year? Hmm, honestly I still have a desire to continue forward in my writing although my blog has shown a complete lack of me doing so for the past month. I wish I could say that I was extremely motivated to sit down and write every single day but there are days and times where the last thing that I want to do is to have to sit and write more. However, I would like to try and make a commitment of writing for my blog at least once a week at a regular time. I’m not promising anything but I am certainly going to try. I know that writing is like anything else that you want to do well in life. Practice makes perfect and if you don’t write on a regular basis then how do you expect to get any better at it.

I would also like to get back into reading more for pleasure. I know that as a librarian that seems like a rather odd statement to make but I really haven’t read anything for pleasure in quite some time. I have volunteered this year to help out in one of our book club selections for our group in May 2014 and perhaps this will help me get kick-started back into the habit. The truth is that I loved to read as a child and read many classics way back then. I think the reason why I did so is that I had a lot more time on my hands for one thing and I really could lose myself in a book back then. Now, I constantly feel as though when I am reading that I should be doing something else more constructive. I know I shouldn’t feel this way but I am always thinking ahead about another item on the horizon. I truly wish sometimes that I could just turn my brain off and tell myself that those things I am worrying about now will still be there when I get back to work.

Ahh, which brings me to another area in which I hope I can conquer this year. I want to try to live more in the moment and stop the incessant worrying I mentioned above. Why is it that I can have a day off and then somehow continue to fret about something that will take place at work? I really want to be able to stop this infernal reaction, and forgive me for the cliche, but “really stop and smell the roses.” As a 40+ year old, this becomes even more important with each passing year.

For instance, when I get ready to take a vacation, I don’t want to have to make a federal case out of it just in order to be able to go. It always seems as though there is a ton of planning just to go in the first place and then when I get back I know I have a ton of stuff waiting for me. This is not the way it should be although I’m sure that many of you can understand where I come from. A vacation should be a time away from everything and then when you get back it shouldn’t feel as though within a day’s time of returning that you wished you had never taken one in the first place. I wonder how much money you can make being a beach bum? Oh well, I digress.

Anyway, the point is this: I want to make some positive changes in my life in 2014 and I know that I will need all the help I can receive from my heavenly creator in order for all of it to come to pass. There is a verse in the bible that goes something like this: “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) With His help, I know that it is true and I can achieve more than I ever imagined.

So, here’s looking forward to “everything that is possible” in the New Year.

Happy New Year 2014 to all of the bloggers on WordPress!!

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