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…and My New Years Resolution

Today a passing comment inspired some meaningful thought for me. I’ve had a little more time in my schedule lately so I’ve been available to chauffeur my mother-in-law around to her various errands, grocery shopping, hair, eye and doctor appointments. Patsy is preparing for a knee replacement and while she can get around unassisted, it’s much easier with help.  A comment from a lady who held the door for us made me stop and think.

As we were leaving the eye place, a woman, probably in her late thirties, held the door for us.  She had come in with an elderly woman to whom I had offered my chair as they entered the lobby.  Holding the door for us as we left, the younger lady says to me “Looks like you and I have the duty today.”  Patsy and I both thanked her for holding the door and, having a thought, I said “A privilege, not so much a duty.”  To which the lady replied “A blessing really.”  We agreed and went on our separate ways.

So I’ve been thinking about perspectives. I usually enjoy going around in the car to the various appointments and errands.  I like to drive and it gives me a chance to visit with Patsy. I carry a small laptop with me so I’m never without something to do in waiting rooms and the like. Today I started this blog post in the lobby at Montage – a salon you should check out if you live anywhere near Grand Island Nebraska. Perhaps more about Montage in a later post.

But I can’t say I’m always, always, always a cheerful servant. Occasionally I will begin an inner dialogue about “that grouchy looking coot” in the shop window, only to realize it was my own reflection. Realizing you are the grouchy looking coot, even once in awhile, can be kind of a jolt.  I am going to share with you my first New Years Resolution for 2014, which I started today, a couple weeks early. Starting today, every time something goes a bit sideways to my plan, every time I think I should be somewhere else, working or whatever, I am going to remind myself to just be in this moment; find the joy that’s in this moment. We can’t get them back; we don’t get do-overs. So I’m going to do my do-overs the first time! I love the quote: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”. I usually apply that to work tasks but it applies equally to daily events, don’t you think?

I resolve to be happy in each moment, whether it was in my plan or not, whether it was my first choice or not.  My moments have already been much more enjoyable — even those that went precisely to plan. The conversations have already been richer and the time feels better spent, just because I decided to embrace every moment. I highly recommend it.

I’d love to hear your New Years Resolutions or any other thoughts you’d like to share in the comments below.

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