Ah yes, a "New Year" with all prospects of new and exciting things to encounter in the days ahead.
My Cousin Sara got me started on this "Bridget Jones" thing the other day by printing a "BJ" sounding title on her blog.
Ever since then......I've had odd "Bridget Jones" type sentencing coming into my head. You know how you talk to yourself....ummm......"silently" like in "thought?"
Reading that crazy title of hers.....caused to to begin thinking things things...like in those types of "phrasings"...which is odd I know. But also it's been funny.
Yesterday while getting ready to take Miss Priss to the Dentist...I was thinking of everything I was going to attempt to get done. And the thoughts were pretty normal like....."must do this, must do that.....must go here....must go there.....must get this and must not forget that".....then things switched a bit and all of a sudden my thoughts went to....
"Must shave legs."
So I did. Don't want to end the new year without doing that important thing now do we?
I mean what if I had been in an accident and they had to cut my jeans off of me and I had.... you know...weren't looking so great. Not that they were bad in that way to begin with because they weren't but....just in case.
Glad I got that accomplished before the year ended.
Now....I've done some searching and have found what some of "Bridget's thoughts" were regarding "New Years Resolutions.
I for one PERSONALLY never make them anymore.
I've learned not to set myself up for "failure."
Because I always used to make New Year's "Resolutions"...and would always "CRASH and BURN" within say...a month or 6 weeks.
Then I used to just make some "New Years Goals."
That pretty much stunk too.
Especially the year I "found" my "Goal sheet" from the year BEFORE in some drawer somewhere...I can still remember the paper.....it was like a nice gold color..and I what I had written on it was the SAME stuff I was going to do that very SAME year that I was currently into already.
IT was the same ol'....
#1. Loose weight....
#2. Learn Spanish....
#3. Backpack across Nepal....
#4. Move to a Foreign County...You know....that kind of stuff. EASY things.
I always had things like.....
"Strenghten my relationship with the Lord and with my family" on there too.
Now I will say......those last items I would work on big time.
And I normally DID loose some weight..then it might slip back somewhat..and I would always learn a few more Spanish words.
But I'm not "fluent." I just speak "Spanglish" which is better than nothing I say.
Now I try to relax a bit more at the New Year's and I take it day by day by day and with God's help....I accomplish what HE wants me to get accomplished. I still have some goals....but I don't freak out if I can't do them. I'm not really in control of so many things right now. But I connected to the one that is.
Don't get me wrong. I DO make lists nearly every day....and I think we should have some sort of "goals" in life and of course DREAMS.
Believe me.....I am SO the "dreamer."
But dreamers can become disillusioned if they DON'T accomplish their dreams...say like in 5 minutes. Or in some BIG WAY.
Here's some things I have learned....about goals and dreams and resolutions.
Because I am ONE who DOES set the "goals" way, way, high.
However.....in the past two years.......my life took a drastic "change" that I didn't expect.
As a result..my life was thrown into a tailspin and although I've had tailspins in my life before....this was very different.
I am recovering from that downward spiral..it's took me some time...and I may never be 100% again in my body unless I experience something SUPERNATURAL....which I am believing for ....but it's okay..it's all part of the "journey."
I'm not mad. I'm not bitter. That's the important thing.
We all have a journey that we are on.
It won't always be easy at times.
A person MUST stay positive as much as possible and you must stay CONNECTED or just forget it....you'll be pretty much doomed just by your thoughts and attitudes.
Faith and TRUST are super important.
You must have them to get through the hard days. And you will rest in them on the GOOD days. Because there will be both.
I've learned to just let it go and not to freak out. Well.....I freak out on occasion. But it doesn't last long.
Sometimes.....it's all about the "Season" we are in.
Sometimes......we have to wait.
Sometimes "The dream" is not for now.....it's for later.
It just depends. I can't figure it out for you. I'm still figuring it out for me.
Talk to the ONE who knows already and see what is going on for your life.
You can do that you know?
Back to Bridget...here's how she felt about New Year's Resolutions.
"I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system.
Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second." ~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
Good points Bridget.
She's not exactly the best "role model" out there...but she does show us how "frail" a person can be. She made bad decisions. She made resolutions she couldn't keep.
She just wanted a "Relationship."
And don't we all?
We all do want "relationship"....but she always fell for that very bad Hugh Grant AKA "Daniel Cleaver."
We can have a relationship right now......and a good one. I
We can "fall" into the arms of a loving and caring Father who will help us through EVERY day of this year and every year to come.
I'm ready to get into 2008.
Must make plans.....must move on.
Oh....don't you just love Colin Firth's "Reindeer Jumper?"
P.S. IF this makes you hanker to watch a "Bridget Jones" movie now....don't rent it. Wait unitl it comes on TV and is filtered better.
There are At LEAST 2 MILLION "F" bombs in it.
"Must use caution."