I find something magical about New Year's Eve - the idea that we can reset, do better. That somehow when the clock strikes midnight, we can say goodbye to what we did wrong and resolve to work harder in the next year to be the person I want to be. I find it redemptive.
This past year has been a mash up - a mash up of incredibly challenging and incredibly amazing. This year, a lot of things came into focus. A big one was what being a friend means to me. I realized that if someone doesn't hold up her end of the bargain, that is okay to let her go and wish her well. I also realized that I have to work harder at keeping in touch with those that mean the most to me. It's okay if I am the one doing all the calling and reaching out because talking with those who know my heart best is always always worth it.
This political season clarified my tolerance for other view points. I realized I am not tolerant of ideas I believe are wrong. I am not tolerant of people who do not believe in rights for all people. I got in several Facebook fights and even got unfriended a time or two. Some folks believe that issues shouldn't tear relationships apart - that we should all respect each other's viewpoints. On gay rights, I don't respect a viewpoint that makes some people less than some other people. I don't respect it. I don't support it and I won't tolerate it. I know this isn't a path that leads to changing anyone's mind, but it's where I am.
I resolved to Live Big, Do Good, and Spend Time with Family and Friends. I can say that I accomplished that. I saw different corners of the world, worked hard to make the world a little better, and spent time with almost all of my friends and family.
In 2013, I want to do better, be better.
Less Junk. More Vegetables.
Less Anger. More Kindness.
Less about Me. More about Others.
Less Screen Time. More Books.
Less NO! More YES!
Less Tears. More Laughter.
Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year!