Monday, January 6, 2014

A Hopeful New Year

Every year we get this thing called a New Year. It's all shiny, bright, unblemished, untarnished and . . . new. Brand new. Full of things yet to be discovered. Granted, some of these things might turn out unpleasant, even downright ugly, but some of these things might be what we've always dreamed.

And while I'm not one to set resolutions (probably because when I was in college and had a health club membership that I used all year round, I found it a little sad that every early January, the club was bursting with folks -- only to find that by the 20th or so, the club was back to its regular patrons) . . .  at any rate, I'm not a resolution setter. But I am a 'hope' setter. Meaning I have all sorts of hopes for each New Year.

Usually they aren't huge things. Sometimes they're even everyday things. Things like I hope I smile more this year, I hope I listen better, I hope I hug people when they need it most, I hope I help people without even knowing I did. And with no way of measuring such things, all I can hope is that I actually do them.

24 comments:

  1. I like your way of looking at the new year! I hope you accomplish whatever you set out to do!

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  2. I like your idea of hoping for things rather than making resolutions. Happy New Year! Hope you have a fantastic year.

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  3. I like your take on this new year thing. I used to love resolutions but now I find them too rigid. lol

    ~Akoss

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  4. Lovely, Barbara. As Emily Dickinson said, "Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul." Your hopes are quiet and beautiful and I hope you manage them all and more. Have you read Faith Hough's blog post about hopes and goals vs. resolutions? I never make resolutions. But hopes are a great idea.

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  5. I need to listen better this year too. Thanks for the reminder, Barbara. Happy New Year!

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  6. Hope. Hope is the basis that motivates all action. I'll take your hope and raise you a couple goals. (As long there's cheese involved.) Here's to an amazing 2014!

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  7. This is nice. A lovely way to start the year. I hope I can write more this year.

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  8. Happy 2014. Looking forward to reading about your favorite books this year :)

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  9. As I get ready to release my sequel this month (18 Truths), I realized that I identified more with my MC than I wanted to admit. It's hard for me to be brave enough to tell the truth sometimes. Happy*New*Year!!

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  10. I don't make resolutions either. I love the idea of being a hope setter. And I think you've got it right, it's often those little things like smiles and hugs that have the biggest impact =)

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  11. love the idea of a hope setter. I don't make resolutions either, but I do think about ways I want to make this year better than last. I used to have the same problem when I had a regularly used gym membership.

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  12. I'm not the type to make resolutions this time of year, either. I like the idea of being a hope setter, though. Have a fantastic 2014, Barbara! :)

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  13. Wow, I'm surprised--but rather pleased for some reason--to read so many comments here from people who don't make typical resolutions. I agree with you, Barbara: that surge of easily abandoned good intentions at the start of the year can be downright depressing. But I have all sorts of crazy hopes for 2014--and I love yours!

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  14. That says that you're awesome, which I already knew. :D Hope everything good comes your way this year and always.

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  15. I don't make any resolutions (except for reading, because that's so easy for me. That's like making a resolution to eat chocolate every day). I like your idea of hope. I also like the idea of choosing a single word, or theme, for the year.

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  16. I was always so annoyed by the "New Years Resolutionists" when I belonged to a gym. In January, you couldn't find a parking space. By mid-February, the parking lot was half empty again! The period from November 1-December 31 is always the best time to belong to a gym. Those places are ghost towns during those times of year!

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  17. I love the idea of being a hope-setter. I too am hopeful for all kinds of things this year, both big and little.

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  18. Smiling more, enjoying more, taking more walks, which, of course, makes me smile and enjoy. Have a great 2014!

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  19. I used to work in a fitness center. I could predict to the day when people would quit going and things quietened. I always looked forward to that when I worked out. Less competition for the equipment. :)

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  20. I'm not a resolution setter either. I go the gym 4 to five days a week. Do water aerobics and yoga. Been doing it for years. As for other resolutions? I never have been able to keep them. For me it more and more is about being as present as I can be.

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  21. Happy New Year, Barbara! Here's to a year of hopes! :)

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  22. I don't do resolutions, either. And I think there are other times during the year that lend themselves to a fresh start. Like changes of season. And especially September!

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  23. I like setting small goals. Makes it much more likely that I'll accomplish them. :)
    Happy New year!

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  24. I am a "hoper" too. I like to hope for better things each year and that I will do more positive things. This year I am hoping to give people, things, and myself the space they need to grow. :) Hoping your 2014 is filled with lots of smiles and hugs. :)
    ~Jess

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