A very Happy New Year to you, gentle reader! I hope as 2012 turned into 2013 you were celebrating with people you love.
I spent today catching up on sleep and laundry, walking on the Heath in the late afternoon, looking at London in the gloaming, meeting old friends unexpectedly, and coming home to one of Deri’s fabulous pasta sauces.
I made a few Resolutions this year. In times past mine have often been quite concrete – when I was twelve I wanted to learn to wolf-whistle, at thirteen I decided to teach myself to like black coffee, the NYE I spent with Jane I resolved to decorate my flat so it felt a little bit more like hers – or the immeasurable oughts: to be more organised, to be less profligate, with words and money, to get fit, be more productive, to be better.
Last year, I didn’t make any at all, and it turned out to be quite a year! So I was wondering whether I’d make any this year, in the shower and on my way to work yesterday, and a few floated into my head and kind of stuck. They are somewhat nebulous, but they also mean quite a lot to me, so I thought I would share them in case they resonate with you, too.
- To be true to myself
- To be kind
- To do more.
Being Kind means both to myself, and to other people. Because sometimes I find it difficult to be nice at home when I have spent the day caring for my patients and looking after their families. And it also means writing more letters, and looking for the good in people. By Doing More I mean finishing more things as well as making grand plans, being happier drawing lines under things even if they are not perfect, and embarking on more things especially if I think they will require lots of time or effort (and so often they don’t, and that makes me happy too).
If I hadn’t thought of those myself, I would have been quite happy borrowing Miss Whistle’s Wishes for 2013, or any of Lara’s wonderful Resolutions, and this year I will also be trying to keep the following in mind:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
So here’s to 2013. To adventures, new friends, making things, spending more time with people we love, cooking, eating, laughing, sharing, frugality and extravagance in the best possible balance, grit and determination, courtesy, finding beauty in the unexpected, finding beauty in the beautiful, grace, honesty, integrity, wit, gratitude, wisdom, trying new things, listening, reading, writing, learning, climbing mountains, rowing lakes, sleep, generosity, acceptance, glamour, discipline, wondering and wonderment, exuberance, faith, giving pause, running headlong, humility, health, strength, and happiness.