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New Year, Fresh Starts and Snow Angels

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

It's a New Year! I always get all these hopeful feelings at the beginning of a New Year.... this one will be different. For those of you who can relate to snow - think of a yard blanketed with freshly fallen snow. No footprints, no dirt, just fresh white, fluffy snow. That is what my new year looks like. I am not going to go into what my end of year yard full of snow looked like!

When I see that freshly fallen snow I just want to dive in and make a snow angel. Probably because that is one of the things Hallmark movies are made of. So I walk out into the yard, plop myself down and start flapping my arms and legs to make that pretty snow angel - and then I have to get up. Hmmm. How to do that without ruining the snow angel. It's a challenge for this 61 year old! I end up putting my hands down in the snow to hoist myself off the frozen ground. I walk away. I stand in the driveway to admire my snow angel, only to find there are a trail of footprints leading to it, hand prints and other spots in that freshly fallen snow and my snow angel has a rather large butt - none of which I see in the Hallmark movie snow angels. Imperfection.

Now there was a point in my life where imperfection would have driven me over the edge. Not today. I have learned - life and people are not perfect. Even those who appear to be, are not. How freeing!

I have also learned that with a light dusting of snow my snow angel's big butt will appear smaller, those hand prints and foot prints will fade away - but the image of the snow angel remains. Imagine that!

So here I am, day 3 of this new year - no goals, no resolutions - just thoughts right now. You see I have also learned that for this one to be different, I have to be different. Which leads me to.... now much am I willing to change?

I have also learned that thoughts alone will do nothing unless I back them up with action. I learned that if I am going on a journey, while it is great to wander the countryside, I should have some sort of a destination and a plan on how I will get there and when I will arrive. That is where I am - in the planning stages - again.

However, that doesn't mean I should just sit back and think "someday when I actually start this journey and make a plan I will......" So for right now, I am trying to do the next right things - like I just filled a glass of water instead of grabbing a diet soda.

For me this seems like a very slow start - almost procrastination - but I have learned that when I burst out of the starting gate at full speed I tire quickly and then I find myself sitting down to take a break. This year - I am doing it differently. It seems wrong. It seems kind of like my messy snow angel - but I have the feeling in the end it will all work out to my satisfaction!
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    Hallmark movies are the best...funny many contain your snow angel activity...we have so much, I would be afraid I'd SINK to the bottom & be buried! i agree that many of us burst out in front like a race horse & then fall OFF SIDE after a few laps...let's make 2018 DIFFERENT & stick to putting our health 1st!
    198 days ago
    I very much enjoyed your thoughts about snow angels. Thanks for sharing this lovely blog!
    198 days ago
    I also totally understand this! It has taken me almost a year, but it is finally making sense to me how going slow can work better in the long run. It's not about being perfect. Concentrating on life style changes rather than dieting may be slower, but after this past year I believe this is the key. It has its own elegance. I have the feeling also that in the end it will work out to your satisfaction! Thank you for sharing.
    198 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Love your story of the snow angel. My Mom (at the age of 90) went out to make snow angels with a fellow apartment dweller (age 92) to help her up. When I fussed at her she informed me that since we are not promised tomorrow, it might be the last chance she had to love, laugh, and live. She lived her life to the fullest, and never worried about whether her snow angel was perfect or not - just that she had done it! Keep things in perspective and enjoy your life - that is perfection enough!
    198 days ago
    That's right . . . . you have to start from WHERE YOU ARE AT. It's not gonna be perfect, but each day we we can make progress. Every day. One foot in front of the other, one step @ a time, ACTION which moves us forward.

    HUGS and all the best in 2018.
    199 days ago
    Would shutter at the thought of a funny shaped snow angel. Our sweet Lord has shown me that we are all misshapen and that we are loved regardless. Perfect isn't really a true word because people just are not !!! Thanks again. For sharing.
    199 days ago
    Totally understand this entire thing! I am starting slow this time too and it feels funny, wrong almost! Thank you for sharing and your sweet words! I can totally relate to so much of what you said. I too was one of those people who .... Continued
    199 days ago
    One step, one day at a time, Barb.
    199 days ago
    Fun photo!
    199 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this today. May God So Richley Bless You Amen!
    199 days ago
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