We do not remember the days, we remember the moments – Cesare Pavese
Love Bites 2014 (click to play video)
2014 was filled with many moments; some were amazing, some shocking, some bad, some exciting and some were simply unexpected, wonderful, beautiful, fleeting moments. Whether they impacted me positively or negatively I have certainly taken something away from each of them.
This year was full of adventure (as each year is!) I experienced so much more than I thought I would. I find myself if a better place and I am more content than I was 12 months ago. This doesn’t mean I’m 100% happy with each component of my life, but honestly, I don’t think we are ever really blissfully happy with everything. If we were, we would stop trying. We would stop pushing ourselves to grow, improve and achieve more.
Life here on earth is short. These are the days that make up your unique life story, so if you don’t like the place you are in, now is the time to make some changes. If you aren’t living a life you are proud of, now is the time to make alterations. If you are searching for more, now is the time to find answers. I’m not saying go out and quit your job, become a gypsy and live carefree for the rest of your days. You may not be able to make dramatic changes and even if you can, it’s possibly an unwise move to make! You probably still have to work to earn money so you can pay mortgages and eat. And yes, I understand you might still have to cook dinner, clean the house, walk the dog, get children bathed, fed and in bed by 7pm. But even with these commitments you can make small little changes that will improve your life, and I guarantee the other people in your world will adjust- in fact they will probably even benefit from them.
It’s interesting looking back at my 2014 ‘to do’ list and seeing which ones I crossed off. I wrote it on 1st January and didn’t look at it again for over 6 months. I found it so refreshing to see that my life has headed in the direction of my goals and without realising it I was in the process of achieving most of them! So very cool!! Of course there are a few things that I didn’t accomplish, so I will need to carry those over to my 2015 ‘to do’ list.
Are you a goal setter? I never used to be (and I probably wouldn’t say I am a huge one now, as my goals don’t have strict timelines) but do I think it’s good to sit down, think/dream/pray (yes I do all three) and create rough plan for some things. It’s best to set yourself some small super achievable goals as well as bigger long term goals that you can strive to accomplish… and its super important to remember, whether you are ticking off your to do list at an alarmingly fast pace or you are taking a rest from doing so much, try to enjoy the season you are in. If it’s good, be thankful for it, enjoy it because it won’t stay exactly as it is forever. If it’s a hard season, be thankful for it (yes I know this is easier said than done), learn what you can and understand that it will not last forever. Each season of life has challenges, but try to look beyond those mountains and enjoy the special moments you are given. There are there, soak them in and smile.
Happy New Year my friends x
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. – Hal Borland