As I sit here this morning looking back on the year that is slowly slipping away, I am thinking of all the things that we meant to do as 2010 began. Many of us had lists of things that we wanted to change in our lives. We called them resolutions. For some...we looked forward, with anticipation, to new changes and some had things in the past that they would rather forget and get behind them. I don't think that we should be discouraged if we didn't meet all of our goals. At least we tried and now we are entering a new year and can try again. It's the working on those things that is important.
I've been reading some blogs ...here at the end of the year. So many are restless and ready for Spring...some say they have cabin fever, anxious to start ordering from garden catalogs. To me, winter is a time of rest, to do nothing outside in the garden, to quiet my mind and just relax. Why is is so hard for us to just do nothing? I began learning how to do this years ago when I was really stressed. I had two teenagers, a child in grade school, a job, aging parents and a home to take care of. My doctor said, "Do you ever just do nothing?" to which I answered..."I read and watch TV," He said, "No, just do nothing?" I looked at him like he had holes in his head...me do nothing? How could I do that? I found that I never took the time to do nothing and I had to learn how to do this. Now, many years later, at the end of each growing season, I always find myself saying, "I'm glad that I live in a part of the country that has 4 seasons. I am tired of the work outside...now I can go in and rest." I find that I enjoy when the time changes and it is dark early. The busyness of the world is out my window and I feel like my home is a cocoon. I can stay in my home for a few days without getting that, "I have to get out feeling."
Now that the year is about over and a new one is beginning...my wish for everyone is that we not only have a Happy New Year, but a new year full of peace and quiet...in our homes, towns, country, world...but most of all in our own lives. We need more quiet in our world. We all need to slow down. Maybe a good resolution for the new year would be....to find time to do nothing.