Was it really a year ago, I sat here and wrote a blog about what new year resolutions I was going to plan for the following year? Sheesh! The year has flown by so fast I don’t even know where it went!
Well I have to hang my head in shame and admit that out of all my resolutions, I only followed through with one.
It all seems like such a great idea at the time, and the fact that I plan to make a change in the next year, seems to almost give me comfort that it is next year that I’ll do them, and sort of excuses the fact that I hadn’t done anything of what I’d hoped this year, because I have a plan now, a plan that I will definitely follow through with as soon as it hits January the first. Then when January came they got put off and put off until… Wham! It’s December and I didn’t do what I’d planned to do at all.
New Year resolutions aren’t that much different to everyday living either. I can look around my home and see so many things that I have continually put off and each of them has an excuse as to why… I wasn't in the mood, couldn’t be bothered, too much work… not enough time.
Unfortunately, people can be put on the back burner too, I can’t think of the amount of times I have said to myself I must call X or I must e mail Y.
Last night I finished off the last of our Christmas cards and as I sealed the last one, and wrote the address, I rolled my eyes and remembered that this same person I had been meaning to call all year. Because they live in a different country I obviously don’t see much of them, out of sight out of mind I suppose, and yes I could say well they have a phone too, but who’s to say who should be the first to call?
It’s so easy to get so involved in ones own life, concentrating on the things we have to do and sometimes we just forget to stop and think about others.
One thing I have done though is something for someone I have never met. She is a member of my dogs group on FB, recently she lost her little dog and was devastated. Her little long haired Chihuahua fought with an illness which he finally lost. I was so moved by her touching story that I have drawn a portrait of her beloved dog and have shipped it off to her.
It didn’t cost me more than the postage, just a few hours of my time, and whilst I will receive no money for it, what I will have in return is the satisfaction that I have brought a little joy to someone in their time of sadness, and that to me is worth far more.
If or when she agrees that I may share the picture of him, I will post it, but until then it is her private portrait especially for her.
Doing things for people, doesn’t always have to cost money, just a gesture of kindness can be worth a million.
A phone call.. a e mail just to say Hi, a few moments of our time, yet can brighten someone's day.
So as for next year and my new years resolution, it will be to remember ones that I don’t see too often, a cherished friend, an elderly relative…
Because time has a habit of flying by oh too fast as this year has proved…..
And this time next year I don’t want to be sitting here wishing I had made the smallest effort….
Because sometimes the smallest of efforts, a simple gesture of kindness or just a few moments of our time…
..........................But to someone else.. it’s the world.
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