A New Year

So what does it all mean?  It’s really just another day, isn’t it?  Or is it?

New Year’s Day often brings with it a list of resolutions, promises, goals, and expectations.  It’s a “rebirth” of sorts allowing us to examine our lives; what we like, what we’d like to change and how we hope to accomplish it all.  Why is it easier to do this on January 1st?  Why can’t we do it on May 27th or August 7th?  Why do we use this particular day to inventory ourselves?  How many people are vigilant with their resolutions throughout the year?  How many people are vigilant with themselves throughout the year?

What would I like to change for 2011?  Not much.  I’m not one for really wishing things were different.  It’s plain and simple for me – it is what it is.  I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and nothing is an accident.  How we choose to react to what happens to us makes all the difference.  Yes, situations happen that we may have no control over but we do have control over what we do about those situations.  Our resolutions to issues that surface may not be a “quick fix” or an immediate relief.  At times, what life hands us requires is to make long term changes in ways that may take years to accomplish – and that’s okay!  Think of all the new avenues traveled because of long term changes.  Think about what may never have been experienced otherwise.

What would I resolve to do for 2011.  Hhhmm?  I resolve to continue to be true to myself and my family.  I resolve to expect nothing less than what I deserve and I resolve to not allow people to treat me any less than I deserve to be treated.  You see, I am kind of a push-over at times.  I have a habit of not standing up for myself (with anyone other than my husband) and I just go with the flow for fear of the consequences.  But you know something?  By standing up for what I deserve and for what should be right, the world isn’t going to come to an end.  I may just end up a stronger person because I stood up for something I believe in.  We  all know that if it came to my son or my family, I’d do it in a heartbeat.  Don’t I deserve the same from myself?  Yep, I do.  Okay, there’s resolution #1.

I am far from perfect (aren’t we all?), and I am very pleased with the way I lead my life.  I have nothing I am ashamed of.  I’m not mean to people and I treat people the way I would hope to be treated.   I don’t lie nor am I phony.   Overall, I can go to bed every night and sleep well knowing that I was true to myself and I am a good person.

Now please don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a “Tracey-thinks-she’s-wonderful” rant – not at all.  But it is a “Tracey-is-pleased-with-her-life” rant.  Life could always be better, I know that.  We could always have more money, a better job, nicer “things”.  There are always things we’ll want. That’s human nature.  I have what I need. If I constantly obsessed over what I wanted that would make me greedy and not appreciate what I have.   It’s not about “stuff” for me.  Sure, there are things I would like to have and stuff I don’t need that I get.  Don’t we all?  The difference is I guess that I am happy with what I have.  I will always work towards moving forward and advancing.  I will never settle, but I will accept.   I will not lose sight of today because of what I don’t have or what I could have and what I think I should have.  I try to enjoy the moment and be thankful of what I have.  There are down times and we all have them.  I believe we have to have them, but we can’t lose sight of the good during the bad.  The bad helps me realize the good.  And there is a lot of good.

So I guess for 2011 my game-plan is to keep on going.  Continue to enjoy what I have, continue to be a person who people can rely on and continue to try to raise a family to the best of my ability.  2010 was a year of extreme growth for my family and I.  We achieved accomplishments in 2010 that I never thought we would tackle.  We faced issues that I had never dreamed of.  But, we got through them.  I hope to be able to say the same this time next year.

I hope you enjoy your year.  I trust you will accept everything that comes your way this year with an open-mind and a promise to yourself to be the best you can be.

Until next time…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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