Thursday, January 13, 2011

" Resolutions "

I've been thinking a lot lately about "New Years Resolutions"
as I do every year since I can remember.
I have never made one. Never. 
This fact has lead me to wondering why I never have. I understand the whole concept of a fresh start, a new beginning, a "New Year". But until today I couldn't figure out why I have never made one for myself.
Every person that I have ever known has made at least one resolution at one time or another in their life but not me.

"Is there something wrong with me?", I've wondered. Am I afraid of disappointing myself or someone that I love? Truthfully, nearly every year I've just sort of dismissed it as a silly promise that we try to make to ourselves. And ultimately, we fail.

Today I was thinking about my life. My past, my present. I realized something very important. No matter how hard I have planned for something, ultimately it was up to God weather or not "MY PLAN" came to fruition.

I also realized that my life has been filled with SO many highs and lows that it would be impossible to control no matter how hard that I try. 

If I were the richest woman on earth, would that guarantee that my life, my family or my happiness couldn't be yanked away in an instant?

Of coarse not. Wealth is just what one thinks it is. It could mean money to some, jewels, clothes, whatever.

 And while I am by no monetary means rich, I have what I have been given. I have a wonderful, hard working husband that loves me unconditionally. I have three very intelligent children who have blessed me with their presence. I have two sweet, innocent and adorable grandchildren that love their grandma.

I have a beautiful home, some loving pets, clothes on my back, heat in the winter, cool in the summer and food on the table.

I have love. I didn't PLAN on all of that. I didn't make any resolutions to make it better. Actually it's pretty good the way it is.

In other peoples eyes I am most likely inferior. I've never planned out my life. I am not a career woman. I never graduated from college. I just lived my life day to day. And I still do.

But you know there is something to be said about taking that leap.
Closing your eyes and just letting yourself fall backwards knowing that you WILL be caught.


So have I made a resolution this year? No. 
There is already a plan for me and I want to be surprised.
In the meantime I will continue to be me. God seems to like that. I will continue to do the best that I can in this life that I have been blessed with.

And really, isn't that all that we're supposed to do?


Lena said...

Oh Di, you really touched me with this post...
I never make resolutions either... I just follow my heart...
You do have a wonderful life, filled with love and joy and an amazing family...
Tons of love for you, my dear friend...

Eileen said...

BEAUTIFUL!! This post is absolutely beautiful!
Honest, and Faith-filled, and trusting, and just so fact-filled!

Di, while reading this post it was like a veil was lifted from my heart and soul. I LOVE THIS!

The way you live your life, Di, is a lesson my soul would be wise to learn. Thank you so much for sharing this!
I kid you not, Di, this is Divine Inspiration for me, pure wisdom.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Trisha said...

Beautiful post, Diana

Bernie said...

My grandmother use to say if you want to make God laugh tell him what your plans true.
I think we are all blessed Di, with love, family, security and so many other things, that is why I you just the way you are and I love my life just the way it is. He has a plan for all of us.......:-)Hugs

Garnetrose said...

I enjoyed reading this post. I never make them either. I guess I know from the start that I will never follow through with them so I don't make them.

Rebecca said...

How wise and wonderful! (Though I can't say I've never made any plans or "resolutions"...) Even when I did make them, I added either under my breath or in my mind, "If God wills".

It's so good to hear what's on your mind. Your DO have a good life and I'm pretty sure the Father loves to hear your thankfulness!

Wanda..... said...

I love the "ME" that you are, have one of the most important things in life, the "Awareness" of what the important things are. Hope the ahead year is everything that you would want it to be.


Anvilcloud said...

I don't really make resolutions either, but I find that some times are better than others to assess how things are going. For some, New Years is one of those times. For example: I needed to get out and walk more, so this was a good time to start. It wasn't really a resolution but just something I needed to start doing, and once the busy Christmas season was over, January seemed like a the right time to start.

Teacher's Pet said...

Di.. I didn't make a resolution this year. This is the first year that I haven't...and I'm not one bit unhappy about that.
Your blog is heartwarming to me...truly. Since I've grown to know you, I know what a fine person you are. I am blessed to have you as my friend. You walk the walk, my friend. Yes, you do. I love you, Di.

Gail said...

Great post - I can't add to it - it is perfect just as it is, as are you :-)
Love Gail

naida said...

Wonderful post and perfectly said! God does have a plan for all of us.

Barb said...

Yes, Di, please continue to be YOU! I don't make resolutions either - hope is all I have for the New Year.

Terrie said...

I couldn't have said it better. I never make resolutions either except this year. I'll post on that later.
Hugs to you and thanks for this post

Dee said...

I usually set one goal for myself to work on all year. But I like that the Lord gives a new morning and a new day to us on a regular bases to start fresh.Gods plans for us are always good plans and I bet he has a bundle of them for you this year.I like you the way you are Diana and if anyone looked at you as inferior I would hate to see how they looked at me. LOL.


Hello Di...
So wonderful and realistic post.. I don't have words right now to pen down how much I liked it. The probable reason seems to be the fact that I have also been sailing in the similar realistic boat as of yours, for the last 50 years of my life. I don't remember any such unpractical resolution I have ever made.I have always taken the things in my stride as they came by in my way with HIS grand wishes-good or bad and never complained to HIM even for bad and always thanked HIM for EVERYTHING HE provided.
Making new year resolutions is not bad but hardly anyone can negotiate a drastic,sudden and complete U turn in one's life.Let us work sincerely and face the soft or hard realities of life as they come by to us.
Thanks for sharing Di..... You made my day today.
dr 'y'.

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

Beautiful post that resonates to my very soul. I don't make resolutions either. But I *do* try far too hard to control things, to steer my life in the direction *I* want it to go, rather than just letting go and letting God. This is a lovely reminder to do just that ... and that all will (and does) turn out just fine, even better, actually, than I had hoped. Wonderful post. Thank you.

Lois Evensen said...

Di, you are such a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.


Ginnie said...

Hey, Di, who needs resolutions when you have a hunk like Burt around? He'll get you everything you'll need !! (hee,hee)

Nezzy said...

I love it!!! This Ozark Farm Chick doesn't make the 'big' resolution either. I feel if I live each and every blessed day the best I can...God smiles. The when I blow we all do...I begin tomorrow with a clean slate. Aren't we so very blessed that God allows do~overs???

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day and New Year from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!!

Maria said...

Diana! This is so true... I haven't made any either... although I do believe that the two of us have in a way made a resolution to continue to be grateful to God... from whom all blessings flow.

This is my everyday resolution... to be grateful ~ daily.

You show HIM so much gratitude here, Diana~
God bless you always*
and thank you so much for your treasured visits my way ♥

Jules said...

I absolutely love this! I feel exactly the same way.

Amity said...

Hi dear Di;

I do not make or keep resolutions. Because there were times when i tried and i only failed.

So it's been a long while that I don't make them.

I make things happen the way it is and by making it better than the last times. I feel better with it. I really don't want to fail so if I can't make it, i'd rather not.

I try to be me, like you and like what God wants us to be. That is better right?

Missed yah!!!