Saturday, December 27, 2008


It's hard to believe but Christmas has past and soon we'll be making the change from 2008 to 2009. I don't know about you, but it takes me a good two weeks to write the new year on checks, on correspondence, whatever requires the new year's date. I could blame it on old brain cells but it's been that way since I can't remember when.

But a new year is really a wonderful thing, as much as the old seemed to pass quickly, we have a new one to, hopefully, make our mark (a good mark) on this world we live in. I guess like everyone, I want to take this new year and make a difference in someone's life, connect with friends, make some new ones, ponder all the incredible things my two year grandson are learning, say "I love you" more often,
share my faith, etc. My list goes on and on. The best we can do with this new year is make it better than the last. I know that typically we're suppose to start our resolution list with all our failings and generally that means, for many, losing weight and getting more exercise, and I'm not much different than other people. Those are admirable goals and, yes, I need to do a better job at that, too. It's just that the others I've mentioned are more important to me. You'll have to decide what tops your list and really try to accomplish it. I know I'm going to try to be successful with mine.

I offer the following as a nudge in the right direction, something to ponder and think about as the new year approaches. I found it so reading it again.

by Patty Lynn

Silver bells and carolers and brightly flick’ring trees,
Packages all tied with bows, it seems hard to believe…
That all the preparations, the hustle-bustle game,
Is nothing but a memory, we go back to the same…
Old day-to-day monotony, awake and work and sleep,
Forgetting we’ve a brand new year and promises to keep.

The slate is clean, the year awaits, for us to write our song.
Will it be filled with harmonies or chords that sound all wrong?
Our song is what we make it, our melody’s our own,
From lullabies to symphonies our song is how we’re known.
So if your song’s a rockin’ tune, a rap or rhapsody,
Remember that someone might hum the song you choose to be.

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