It is New Year’s Eve Day as I write this. Another year ending; a new one shortly to begin. 2011 was an interesting year – probably an understatement! The biggest change for us was moving out of the house where we had lived for many years and into a new home. Moving is stressful! There are still things to be done to make the house what we want, but we are working on those little by little. There are finally drapes up in the living room and the new laundry room is coming along in fits and starts depending on how much money is available. After that is major remodeling of both bathrooms.
This was also the year I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and I managed to meet the 50,000 word goal with a day or two to spare! I haven’t really looked at what I wrote since the end of November, but that’s okay because I’m not ready to go back to it yet. I plan to finish it in January and then start editing shortly after that. NaNoWriMo is a wonderful thing, and I’m already looking forward to next November so I can do it again. (Glutton for punishment??)
We always hope that the New Year is going to be better than the old one. And I suppose it always is better in some areas. It depends where our priorities lie and what we consider success to look like. For me, success is more a matter of what I think and feel than any outward sign of wealth. Too many people think success is having more material things, the bigger-better-faster-more-expensive mindset. I disagree. Material things are transient; this year’s ‘big thing’ is next year’s gone-by-the-wayside. I just don’t believe that if I have a bigger more expensive car than you do that it makes me a more successful person.
I believe I am successful if I am content with my life and am happy with what I have. Yes, there are things I would like to have, but having them isn’t going to make me happier. I try to express gratitude every day not only for what I have but also for what I am going to have. And that gratitude includes things that may seem bad at the time. We can never know in advance how life will be; sometimes our lives are better because of little blips along the way. I certainly believe that. I am the person I am because of the sum of my experiences, good and bad, along the way. And I wouldn’t change any of it!
So Happy New Year my friends. I hope your New Year is filled with success, however you define it! And may you have good health, good friends, and good cheer!!