A New Year – what are you waiting for?

The New Year has dawned, and we survived the holiday season. So, how are you doing on your new year’s resolutions?  Have some already gone by the wayside?

For me, I don’t think I’ve even started yet. I’m still a little disorganized and not completely on my game plan for 2011. I feel like I’ve been running behind ever since we returned from spending Christmas out of town. Is life going on without me? 

That may sound like an odd thing to ask. Yet here we are at day six of 2011 and I’ve attended my first memorial service.  I’ve already had a doctor’s check-up (which was good, thank God), and have celebrated my husband’s birthday. 

So when, during that time, have I had a chance to get to “normal”? To start with a scheduled routine of day-to-day activities?  Nothing has seemed normal so far. 

But I suppose, in many ways, this is normal.  Life has gone on…even death has come and that’s part of our life cycle.

And tonight, I sit with my author friend at our weekly writing night – the first one of the new year.  I nearly cancelled after an emotional afternoon at the memorial service. But I didn’t. I’m here and I’m writing.

Hey, maybe the routine has finally begun. 🙂 

That’s it! That’s what my new years resolution is going to be: Just show up!  Make an effort, even if it doesn’t fit perfectly into your plans, even if distractions keep tugging at you. It’s time to get going… to jump into the cycle of life, whether you’re “prepared” or not.

You never know what’s going to happen when you just show up.

Bring it on 2011!

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Rebecca Yauger

Becky is a writer and blogger. She's a three time contributor to various Chicken Soup for the Soul books and writes about real friendship and relationships, and all the ties that bond us. She's the former Web Manager and Vice-President for ACFW (acfw.com). Becky is a proud wife, mother, grandmother and 3-time cancer survivor.