Saturday, January 31, 2009

Possibilities and Goodness

So I have been thinking this week about the new year and all that goes with that train of thought. I am pretty excited for 2009. I tell you what, the older I get, the more I like change. Having openly said that, I also admit to liking the sameness of things that comes over time too. I think I am one of the ten people in the world who like "New Years' Resolutions". I do. I like the challenge that comes with them and the idea of bettering one's self. That doesn't mean that I accomplish everything I set out to do or that my resolutions don't morph into something else altogether by years' end, rather that I like the idea of change and progress in myself and NYR's provide me that opportunity. So why do we make such a big deal out of NYR's? 

My friend Rach and I recently discovered a quirk that we both shared. I told her how much I liked finishing things like a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of lotion. There's a certain something that comes with finishing and starting fresh. Weird huh? Any of you who know me well, know that I am as anti-clutter as they come and this is no exception. Funny thing, she said she felt the same way. Rach is not nearly as anti-clutter as I am and yet we both share the same affinity for the finishing of the thing.  Thinking further on this line, I realized that this "quirk" flows into many other areas of my life. For the sake of this post, I'll focus on the NYR-link it has. I like setting goals and progressing towards their ultimate completion. But really I just like finishing things. I have run races over the years and in thinking back on them, I recognize how much I love finishing the journey. That is what I am addicted to - the metaphorical finish line. 

So, as I look at this year and the goals I have set I am also setting another and that is to enjoy not only the finishing of the thing, but also the journey. I am going to pause a little longer to take in the scenery and appreciate the task at hand instead of only looking to the end. I am going to better see the possibilities and the goodness in the world around me while still being me and running with all my might to that glorious finish line.


Steph Swindle said...

I LOVE finishing bottles of stuff. I go to extremes at times to do so.
The seed catalog article reminded me of you even though you don't have a garden for awhile.


Ramona said...

I was just thinking of you this morning as I was in our Provident Living Sunday school class. They were talking about how now-a-days people don't come together as a community and help each other out and work for each other's good. I immediately thought of you and all of the fun projects that we'd do together. I always remember them being in the effort to save money or create something from nothing. That was such a special time of life for me! Thank you so much for being part of it. I need a friend like you in my life now to get me going on projects that I am not going to start alone!

Tanner Family said...

I have to finish bottles too!I love reading your posts!I did make a new years resolution, I hope I can keep it!