New Year Resolved


Quote from Uppercase Magazine Issue 23

This week so many blogs, Facebook posts, and tweets  were about new year’s resolutions. I deleted them all. Who would spend the beautiful relaxing week between Christmas and new years rehashing a year that hasn’t ended, cleaning , purging, making lists of changes needed; one even suggesting it would be like a performance appraisal.

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there will never be an end”

Louisa May Alcott

You see I do this, thank goodness because if plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 other letters.

I never  wonder what the new year will bring? I know, 365 more do-overs.

My life is simple, every day I collect the eggs, feed the animals and clean the barn. I try to write, paint, or create, and if I don’t get any of these things accomplished, I do something else equally important.

My son-in-law texted me this picture this morning, my granddaughter playing  the french horn; my old french horn. It was a leaf I turned over at 10 years old.

giorgia-french-horn copy

I stopped after about 2000 of the required 10,000 hours. Should I have resolved to practice more? Maybe if my goal was Carnegie Hall. This was my last official “gig”, my high school graduation. I used to play the french horn.

mel-grad-fh copy

Used to be, new leaves turned over or used to do are good. I hope my granddaughter has lots of them. From one of my favourite bloggers today:

“Used to be,” is not necessarily a mark of failure or even obsolescence. It’s more often a sign of bravery and progress.

…Seth Godin


Have a great day, turn some leaves over, scribble and throw out some pages, remember all your used to be and do. Tomorrow is another day.

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