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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Four...Three...Two...One...Happy New Year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? And here's a hand, my trusty friend And gie's a hand o' thine We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne
So many resolutions are being made during these last days of 2007...ones that may have a shelf life of only a few weeks or less. I ought to know. I have shattered more resolutions than one human being should be able to. On that note, may I offer some more ideas, resolutions that may be a bit easier to hold on to during the year to come?
Be kind to yourself. Do not expect perfection. It is almost always impossible to attain. Allow yourself time alone, time to read, to rest, to enjoy the wonderful things you HAVE accomplished. Do not waste one second of valuable life minutes wishing you had the possessions or life style of someone else. Those people could very well be wishing THEY had the life style of someone else...that old proverbial vicious circle. Rejoice in those little things that give you pleasure. Life is made up of those sweet, little moments. ~~~~~~~~~~ Enjoy your special times with family and friends. Savor it. It does not have to be elegant or a big splashy party. Take out Chinese and a rented movie can feel like a world premiere and dinner at Le Cirque when shared with those you adore. ~~~~~~~~~~ Take care of yourself. Diets seldom work. It is the small lifestyle changes that DO work. I will be sharing this mission with some of you. Eat healthier but do not deprive yourself every treat. Get out and walk, ride a bicycle, swim...just move a bit more! Do it for YOU and no one else. ~~~~~~~~~~ Embrace who you are. Not all of us can be thin or rich. We can not all be great scholars or HGTV designers. We can, however, love the person we were born to be. Each of us has talents. Enjoy the ones with which you are blessed. God does not create junk. ~~~~~~~~~~ Smile more (even when you do not feel like it!) & give more to those less fortunate. No matter how bad you think you have it, sadly, there are always those who have it far worse. Give all you can and do so with a happy heart. That heart of yours will thank you and, in turn, help that pretty face of yours to smile more. See how that works? ~~~~~~~~~~ Never stop learning. Never. ~~~~~~~~~~ Hold onto the magic and wonder of your childhood. Giggle more. Act silly when the mood strikes. Sing. Hum. Skip. Believe in the impossible. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pray more. Ceaselessly. Talk to God. He is there to listen and He has big shoulders. I wish each of you a 2008 that holds more laughter than tears, peace of heart and mind and warm hugs from the people you love. I wish you joy. God Bless you all. Happy New Year to all of you. Love and hugs, Susie Q

50 comments:

Mary Isabella said...

Wonderful post!!! So true we need to be true to whom we are. Have a great New Year. Mary

Mary Isabella said...

Wonderful post!!! So true we need to be true to whom we are. Have a great New Year. Mary

Mary said...

Yes, these are things to take to heart! And I have a special fondness now for this blog, considering that I too became a Mama at an, ahem, advanced age -- with my youngest, that is. Happy 2008!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Your post is beautiful and so true Sue. Happy New Year to you and your family from across the ocean! Jenn and Jacqui

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Susie Q....What a beautiful post. And I too feel so fortunate to have met you. Six months ago I didn't even know what a blog was and now I have all these new friends. You're a beautiful lady with a beautiful heart. I wish you a very Happy New Year. xoxo Lynn
P.S. Grace looks so pretty in her red dress.

Terri and Bob said...

Such a great post. I have trouble with the "be kind to yourself" part. I hold myself to too high of standards and other people, too... I wonder why... hmmm, might learn something about myself if I am not careful!

Deb said...

As always Susie, a wonderful post ~ you put so much effort in your writing, pictures & posting and Rabbit Run Cottage is a joy to visit. Wishing you a Wonderful, Joyful 2008!

Mama P said...

So, are you going to follow that advice, too? I hope so, because you deserve the riches they provide as much as anyone.

Thank you for always making me smile.

Gretchen said...

Happy New Year to you, my friend. We are going to ring in the new year with Junk Food NIght, but then we'll be good. We promise. :) I love your post and your suggestions. You are such a gem and wise woman, my love. You really are. Contentment is really focusing on what we have and can do, not the stuff that is "out there". Peace and Joy to the Susie Q household.

Janet said...

Sue,
Thanks for the reminder. I will get up from this computer and at least walk down the stairs. Maybe twice just for the sheer exercise value,LOL. Alas, menopause has not been kind to this body and the Christmas pictures are not flattering, but I learn to love the ammended me!
Happy New Year to you dear Sue, Bill, Grace and Dan.
Janet

Melissa said...

What a great post Susie! So many good things you talked about here. I'm so thankful that I got to meet you this year through blogging. Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

Rosemary said...

I love your beautiful ideas for the New Year!!!
You have a happy one, Susie.
Your friend,
Rosemary

justabeachkat said...

What great advice! Thanks for a very well written sweet post.

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Hugs,
Kat

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

The perfect New Years Post and so eloquently stated! I am so glad I got to "know" you and your family this year. Here is wishing 2008 brings you everything you deserve!
Hugs,
Penny

Sandi McBride said...

What an absolutely brillient posting...I'm going to take those for my New Years Resolutions...Mammy always told us it took more muscles to frown than it did to smile...have you ever noticed that can you can tell a real smile by the smile in a person's eyes? It's true. My eyes are smiling at you like sunbeams SusieQ...
hugs and more hugs...cheek kisses...Happy NewYear
Sandi

Tammy said...

Wonderful post Susie Q!!

Those are some resolutions I believe I will strive for, thanks for sharing them!

Have a great day!

Terri said...

Wise advice.
Happy New Year my friend!
God bless.
Terri

Sugar Bear said...

Happy happy New Year! Wonderful post - all very true.
Karla

Sugar Bear said...

Happy happy New Year! Wonderful post - all very true.
Karla

Valerie said...

amen my friend. amen.

wishing you the most joyous 2008 possible!

PAT said...

Good Morning Sue! We're back from our trip and I have to tell you, we enjoyed the murals at Paducah, so much! Have you seen them? They are fabulous!

Our trip was good, even with the ups and downs! We're happy!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2008!!
Pat

BittersweetPunkin said...

Happy Happy New Year Susie!!!
Love,
Robin

Dawn Bibbs said...

Boy, you sure do have a wonderful way with words. Who writes your posts for you? HEE HEE just kidding. You do though, I love reading your blog. I'm so glad I found it...however long ago that was.

Thank you for ALL the well wishes and happy thoughts. You're awesome.

Happy New Year to you and your family, my friend. Talk to you next year.

Terri and Bob said...

Happy 2008. 2007 was good to me since I met you!

PEA said...

New Year is a time for celebration of love, of life, of friendship. It's the time to thank God for wonderful friends, and to bring to their lives as much magic as they bring to ours...so here's celebrating our friendship and praying that its magic continues forever. Happy New Year to you and yours dear Sue! xoxo

Sandi McBride said...

Happy New Year Susie! Hope this will be a grand year for us all!
xo
Sandi

Jen said...

Did you take those pictures at the top of your blog?? Happy New Year Susie Q!

wendster said...

Happy New Year! Here's to a year of being happy to be ME. I certainly am happy that you are YOU. My computer is finally fixed ... a few little things need tweaking ... but I'll be up and blogging in no time. My goal is to post SOMETHING every day for the whole year. Wish me luck!

Meggie said...

What a beautiful New Year's essage, SusieQ. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

*Jilly G-L* said...

Happy New Year..Susie Q!

Strawberry Lane said...

Great post! Have an absolutely wonderful New Year!

Andi said...

Happy New Year Sweet Sue! I so love your wonderful post and hope you don't mind if I read it aloud tomorrow with my Bank Team. It's so worth sharing. Rejoice in all those little things. Hope 2008 is your best year ever!

Love and Hugs, Andi

robin c. said...

Happy New Year Sue,

Loved your post. Have you read the book, Simple Abundance? I'm re-reading it this year as one of my many resolutions.

I know 2008 will be an awesome year for you and your family!!

Hugs,
robin c.

P.S. Grace looks just beautiful in the pictures...love the red dress!

Mary said...

Oh dear Sue, what a beautiful post! Wishing you and your family a beautiful and bright new year, filled with all the happiness it can hold.
xoxo'
Mary

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

So perfect Susie, leave it to you!! Blessings to you for the new year, I know your a blessing to me!

smilnsigh said...

Awwww Hon, I'm sorry you are feeling twinges of "the bug" which already went through your family. -sigh- {How do I know this? 'Cause I saw your comment in 'As Time Goes By's' Sheila's blog. She who is sick with one of "the bugs," herself.}

Take special TLC of yourself and rest, rest, rest. Let your body work on fighting off this nasty "bug."

Hugs,
Mari-Nanci

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Susie, you are one of the most uplifting people I know! Thank you for always leaving me the best, sweetest notes. I appreciate you so much & am so glad to have met you this past year.

Have a wonderful Happy 2008!
xo,
Rhoda

Sheila said...

Happy New Year Sue..!
To you and your family..!
Your posts always leave me feeling a little richer, a little wiser and a little happier, & this was no exception.
I'm so glad we 'met', one day perhaps we will do so in person..!
Big hugs for 2008..xoxox

Brenda said...

Happy 2008 and Im happy to have met you in 2007.

Pamela said...

the best advice yet.

Happy New Year --

Cottage Contessa said...

Fabulous post. Happy New Year sweetie! I hope 2008 is a fantastic year for you and your family!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

JafaBrit's Art said...

Hold onto the Magic, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year to you and your dear family.

Melissa said...

Lovely post, from a lovely woman! Happy New Year!

Priscilla said...

A very Happy New year to you! I look forward to seeing you through 2008! Thanks for posting the song lyrics..... I didnt know all the words and have always wondered,

Priscilla x

JANET said...

I figured you would have some good inspirational advice as well as beautiful snow pictures. Glad I stopped by!

Sharon Kay said...

What a wonderful post.......and I will try to do what your words said. You know what I think I will make a copy of this post and try to live by it in the year ahead........a wonderful post Susie Q.........

Lisa said...

What a pleasant read. Love all the pretty winter pictures in your banner too.

Happy New Year!

NAME: CIELO said...

Hi dear cute Susie Q! Just passing by to make sure everything is OK... and by the way, I love your new blog banner; those are amazing photographs!

Blessings to you and yours during 2008. A new beginning has been given to us… let us enjoy it! And remember: Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. (Brooks Atkinson)

Cielo

Cheryl Wray said...

A wonderful, wonderful post!!! Thank you for the wonderful reminders. I so agree with you, and in fact these are some of the exact things I have learned lately. I am happy with who I am and what I have; I don't desire to be anything else; and I am forever grateful for my blessings.

Greenie Gardens said...

Such lovely thoughts...Really a nice post. Thanks!