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Friday, January 3, 2014

Stepping into the New Year...






"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -
they must be felt with the heart."
Helen Keller


I've been feeling a little bit melancholy this New Year's...
...it probably has something to do with the fact that I'm now old
enough to get into the movies at the senior rate...
(when did that happen???)

A lot of you have written about your resolutions for the new year...
and most all of you who have, have written with such eloquence about your realization 
and acceptance of the tides of life...the steps forward and the steps backward...
the realization that resolutions are a step by step process...
sometimes we move forward...and sometimes, not so much...

New Year's is a time to look forward...
to think of new steps...even different paths...
to fulfill your resolutions.

And yes...even if you say you don't make resolutions...I'll bet there's 
that niggling feeling inside that's tugging at your heart to 
take that step...that different path...

My resolutions?
Probably not all that different from yours...
There's that pesky resolution to lose weight and get more exercise...
Then there's the one about focusing more on my photography projects...
...but what do I really want???
I want to pay more attention to the blessings in my life, rather than my personal failings...
and most important...I want to fully embrace my family and friends...
with all the love and gratitude I feel...and don't express enough...

I truly feel blessed to have "met" so many "virtual" friends
in this blogging experience...

Thank you for stopping by, saying hello, and opening doors across the world!!!
Love to you all!!!

And now....let's all get rolling on those darned resolutions!!!



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28 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've given a lot of thought to the deeper meaning of life and have some good words to guide yo for the year: acceptance, gratitude and joy. Wishing all the very best in the year ahead Love your sky photo too.

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  2. Lovely sky and photo! I wish you all the best in 2014, Happy New Year!

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  3. You are very eloquent today. . .I'll emulate your own personal resolutions!!

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  4. I know what you mean about the 'senior' business...kind of intimidating, but it has an up side. I just bought my city buss pass. 400 dinars (less than $5.00) to ride the bus all year.....wheee. And I will get window seats to photograph from. My resolutions are very similar to yours.

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  5. I like your resolutions, especially the one to pay more attention to the blessings in your life. I think in the hustle and bustle of everday life, it's so easy to forget the wonderful things you have.

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  6. Thank you all!!! Bibi...you made me laugh!!! We get to purchase a a Lifetime interagency pass to all National and State parks...for only $10!!! Quite a bonus!!! And our movie last night...$7.50 instead of $12.00 each!!! We don't have to wait for locals appreciation day on Tuesdays anymore!!!

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  7. I do not make New Years resolutions - my philosophy is to fix something when I figure out it needs fixing. That said, I like your resolutions. I need to stop reacting to negative things so quickly, I want them fixed yesterday and that doesn't always happen.

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    1. Now see...there's that New Year's resolution niggling in your innermost thoughts Woody!!!

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  8. It's been extremely foggy for the past two days, but today the sky is clear in Elmira, Oregon, and the sun is shining! Your post has reflected my own thoughts this New Year (although I've been able to get into movies with a senior rate for some time now and quite enjoy the perk), so I'm sending my sister a big, warm embrace because you have been a blessing throughout my life.....lots of love from your "little big sis"......

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    1. Lot's of love back at you lil' big sis!!! Glad you've braved the computer age and are commenting!!!

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    1. Thanks Brian!!! ...Love your new profile pic!!!

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  10. Your resolutions are great, and you are right, they are very similar to my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. You are a fine and special person, and I'm glad to know you. Your writing is eloquent because it's truthful. You should do more! (Although I love the great quotes you find.)

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  12. Thank you so much Petrea!!! I have a hard time thinking of what to write...but when I do...I enjoy it!!!

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  13. Wonderful and lovely thoughts, Kathryn!! I am so with you!! Happy New Year! =) xo

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    1. Thank you Katy Noelle!!! And Happy New Year to you too!!!

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  14. Beautiful words to go with a beautiful sky! I know all about that melancholy - having just had to turn another year older while dealing with the post-holiday let down and January doldrums! I hope that feeling has passed as mine did - most of your post sounds like you're full of enthusiasm and eager for the adventures ahead! Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, fun-filled and fulfilling year!

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    1. And Happy New Year to you too Laloofah!!! The blues only hang around for a short time at our house!!!

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  15. Such gorgeous shot and very thoughtful words. May this year brings joy & happiness to all of us.

    Nisha - Le Monde-A Poetic Travail

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    1. Thank you Nisha!!! And Happy New Year to you too!!!

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  16. I have to admit that I like being old enough to get into all federally owned lands for free. Other than that, not so much. No resolutions here! That is beautiful photograph!

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    1. Hopefully...the fourth time is the charm!!! I keep missing the guy who deals with Senior passes at our visitor center!!!

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