“And that’s the way it is.”
- Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist
Of course we can change things. Things don’t have to be the same. However, in order to recognize the difference, we must acknowledge where we are right now.
I have failed miserably at my New Year’s Resolution. Nothing as trite as “lose weight” or “exercise more” or some other vague lofty goal. These are good goals to have, mind you, but are so common as to be default and somewhat meaningless without a plan. I branch out into new areas, but this year I find myself hanging, figuratively, by a noose. No, my resolution was two words, two tough words:
It’s a quote printed on the tea bag tags of Yogi brand teas. I find them in the “natural” or “organic” sections of grocery stores, and they are a true delight both in taste and in the surprise fortune on each tag. Try the Kombucha Green Decaf; it’s my favorite, a light, sweet tea. That quote caught me so off guard that I have it attached to my bedroom mirror, a constant reminder. But a reminder is not action.
It’s the little things that make Life meaning-full and yet we make little time for them: January birthday cards; weekly phone call to a long-treasured friend; emails; writing or creating art or both; cooking a meal from scratch; balancing the checkbook on the same day each month; washing dishes and a clean sink. Making time for Me.
I admit it: I flopped. This is where New Year’s Resolutions get buried under a tombstone marked “I failed.” We do not recognize that today is just another day. We fail only if we don’t admit it, take responsibility and change.
Easter has passed, and if you celebrate that holiday, you know that Life begins anew for each of us with the risen Lord. You don’t have to be religious to translate that into your own life. Today is a new day, not an excuse.
I can’t change the past but I can start today. I have a birthday card and a sympathy card to mail, both to the same person. That’s not the best way to start keeping up…or is it?