I had prepared this post before the awful events in Paris yesterday. It is difficult to know how to react to such shocking news. But at the end of the day, all we can do as individuals is to continue living our lives as truthfully and fully as we know how.
So here for you are some ideas and hopes that I have been thinking about at the beginning of this new year. I don’t like resolutions, but the new year is a time to reflect, to take stock, to aim high and most of all to remember the importance of being aware of those around us, and how our daily actions may affect them.
Here are a few of the things I have pinned to my new year wall, a few things that will help me live more positively……and also a request; if I tell you my hopes and ambitions, will you tell me yours?
Kindness has nothing to do with wealth or situation. It is available to everyone and it is the one thing we possess in unlimited quantities that can do the most good to those around us.
It’s probably part of growing older and seeing loved ones suffering, but age certainly teaches you how important good health is. You can have all the ambitions in the world, but if your health isn’t backing you up, then everything becomes more difficult.
We all have to look after our health. I’m not a keep-fit guru, but I do know that I feel better if I get off my seat! The last months of the year were very busy for me, and my walks in the forest with the dogs less frequent. At the top of my to do list right now, is getting back out there, with the dogs; with a girlfriend; with my family. On foot, on horseback or on bike, January will see me on the move again!
Seeing beauty around me, every day, and in so many different ways is what makes me tick. Visual beauty of course, but also the moral beauty of friendship, family love and helping others. Keeping my eyes open, having a camera close to hand, keeping a record of daily beauty is a positive way to live.
There are so many ways to be creative. You don’t have to be a fine artist to get your daily dose of creativity therapy. Running your own business is creative; bringing a family home to life is creative; raising young children; writing; sewing; gardening … we all have a different creative potential.
I firmly believe that we have to create our fun, to provoke our luck and to recognise and seize opportunity when it comes our way.
I am lucky to enjoy my work; I love my daily activity here on the blog and meeting readers on my brocante tours is always great fun.
This year will see my book published in the fall. The photos were all taken last summer, and writing is now completed, and it is in the capable hands of the publisher for a couple of months of production. What I call serious fun!
5. Time to reflect
Last year was so busy, that this one wasn’t always easy. It is so important to take a step back and reflect, to take stock of life in an objective manner. I find that when life gets busier, it is easy to be caught up in the daily rush and routine, and to take things for granted.
6. A good read
My reading slipped behind last year, as the pile of books beside my bed worked its way down my list of priorities, and I often dropped onto my pillow and turned off for the day without taking the time to read.
This is definitely changing this year, I’m aiming for a book a week…..
7. Digging the dirt
I have great hopes and ambitions for my garden this year, and with those parterre dug over and only a few allium bulbs planted so far, there is still a lot of planning and digging to come. I can’t wait!
8. Family love
I put it last, but in fact it is all encompassing. Watching over my ‘little’ ones, being grateful for having such a loving and patient husband, and for our families on both sides. At the beginning of the new year I am making more time for those I love, and thinking carefully about priorities.
So now it’s your turn …. can you give me a short list of your priorities,your hopes or simply what is closest to your heart right now, thank you, I’d love to hear.