Just did some research on why exactly this day is the chosen one....Julius Ceaser declared it so based on the Julian calender. Prior to that, a number of other dates were celebrated as the turn of the year, including the first new moon after the vernal equinox.... which would put it just past Spring with it's new life and re-emergence from winter. Regardless of when it is celebrated and what traditions one holds to... it typically is a time of taking stock of the old year, letting go, and making some decisions and plans for the new year. We get to start anew. So we make promises to ourselves about the things we plan to do and accomplish, and we bid goodby to both the joys and the
heartaches of the past year.
I thought it might be interesting to compile a list first of things I am glad to let go of from 2012:
Idaho education politics
US politics and US politicians
A house that is way too large for one person
Snow that lasts into April and sub zero temperatures
New Years Eve spent alone with a bottle of wine and three sparklers
Self control - food, wine, exercise
Closer walk with Christ - Real
More travel to new lands and new adventures - Greece, Israel, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia
A kinder me, a more genuine and focused human being that loves others well
Visits from friends and family
A deep rich kiss for New Years Eve 2013 -
(they always say be specific, so I want it to be with a man that I am not related to and that I like a lot. Incidentally, he likes me too.)
Just sayin'... this is the year.
Contentment... utter and complete regardless of the accomplishments of any of the above
Please, I am NOT advocating some hocus pocus "creative visualization" NLP like snake oil product, but thought does posses energy. It does have power and you can use it to get to where you believe you ought to be... but I have observed and experienced that you have to wield that thought carefully and with some divine guidance otherwise you may end up with something you can't even handle. Father knows best.
Last bit of information from the world of me, take it for what it's worth..... This is the year to slay fear.
F = Falsehood
E = Experienced
A = As
R = Reality
NO FEARS. I will board a boat bound for a trip up and down the shores of the beautiful Bosphorous and I will eat and drink and allow my heart to be merry. I will watch the fireworks with new acquaintances and celebrate the turn of time. The next day, New Year's Day... I will rest and think and maybe write some more. I will read and walk and be alone.... and I will say a grateful prayer of thanksgiving for 2012 and for all I have learned, and all I have been given... by grace, to accomplish.
"Perfect love casts out fear"
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!