It's Throwback Thursday and it's also New Year's Day, 2015. Wow. 2014 flew by, didn't it? I looked through old New's Year's posts and found this one, which I think is well worth sharing again. Honestly, I could just substitute the years and it is as current as it gets.
Happy New Year, my friends!
As 2009 comes to a close, there is much to be thankful for. For me, it’s
been a year of discovery. But it’s also been a year of regrets,
illness, sorrow and loss. I imagine it’s been like that for you, too.
Every year seems to be filled with a kaleidoscope of both the good and
the bad. Sometimes really wonderful things are thrown in there, as well
as horribly devastating things. All events adding color to our lives.
Unfortunately, a new year does not wipe out all the bad of the previous
year. But it can lend perspective to pain and offer new beginnings.
I want to challenge you to be open to new ideas in 2010. Don’t hide
behind the comfort of phrases like, “That’s the way we’ve always done
it,” because, many times, the way you’ve always done it isn’t the
healthiest way – emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically or
environmentally. Face facts folks, our parents’ generation often wasn’t
aware of dangers to the environment as they embraced progress without
thinking about consequences. Even health issues weren’t thought through
as they smoked and drank while pregnant, opted for formula over
breastfeeding, rejoiced in the convenience of disposable diapers, fed
their children diets of soda pop and French fries, etc. The way we’ve
always done it is often the wrong way! It’s our responsibility to
embrace knowledge and choose a better way.
This year, I intend to supply you with information to help you on your
path to a better way. Sometimes my advice is solid and should be adhered
to. Other times, it’s just my opinion and needs to be weighed
My daughters are all grown now. Did I make mistakes along the way? You
bet. Are there regrets? More than I can count. Through God’s grace, they
survived and are thriving as adults. They are also making greener and
healthier choices in their lives and inspire me daily.
So, here’s to the year behind us. It is just that – behind us. And
here’s to moving forward into a year overflowing with possibilities. May
God richly bless you with His grace, mercy and kindness and may you
extend the same to those around you.
Grateful for you, my readers,