Thursday, December 29, 2011

As You Travel Through Life

What a truly amazing poem for the New Year.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Hats off to the author.

As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward -
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!

Perhaps you'll find friendships
That spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life.
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back!
You're not going that way!

As the New Year quickly approaches, I find myself thinking about events of the past year and focusing on my hopes for the future.  I remember making resolutions concerning every aspect of my life at one point, but  I gave up resolutions a long time ago because I was only setting myself up for failure. I actually have a notebook filled with resolutions, and amazingly, it was the same ones year after year. I wasn't going to stop smoking until I was good and ready to stop.  Writing  it down wasn't going to make me want to quit. So, with this in mind,  why was I putting myself through the torture of making a resolution when I knew deep down that I wasn't going to  go through with what I said I would do?   A resolution is a determined decision that requires discipline to carry out.  

New Year is looked upon as a fresh new start.  It is a chance to correct many of the things that went wrong in the previous twelve months.  So, instead of making those same ill-fated resolutions each year,  I take a look at all I need to improve in my life and work on fixing that. I do know that I have to lose weight, but it is not a resolution that will make me do so.  It is a desire to do the things I used to do, the things I still want to do, and hope to do again without having to stop and catch my breath.   Change is part of the new year and making personal changes almost seems easier and more logical. The last thing I need though is a resolution that will instill guilt once I break it.

A fabulous New Year awaits us...and it is just down the road.


  1. Hi Mary,
    What an amazing poem!! I just love it - especially the last line.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Furniture buying can be frustrating. I'm trying to enjoy the process. I do have a sofa, but no bedroom furniture, nor dining room set. I'm glad you bought a rocker and will be sitting in it soon! Yes, I have a fabulous view and I am paying a lot for that. I often wonder if I've overstretched on rent, but then change seems to be the word for us. And whatever mistakes we make, can be corrected down the road.

    I am really really happy you have a living room window - can't imagine a room without a view. So this brings wonderful new energy into your home.

    As far as resolutions, I don't make any either. Same ones year after year. Instead I choose a word to live by.
    Last year it was "confidence", since I seemed to be filled with fear after David died. I was afraid to go out, to make a decision, to handle money, etc. etc. I resolved to live with confidence and it helped me push through.

    This year, I think I will choose "strength" since I need a lot of that. Or perhaps "courage" - that's always a good one.
    Sending love and light,

  2. I never was one, to make those Resolutions. I agree... Doing things like that, kind-of set you up for failure.

    Best of everything in the New Year, my Friend!!!

    "People are so worried about what they eat
    between Christmas and the New Year,
    but they really should be worried about what they eat
    between the New Year and Christmas."

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this poem. it hits close to home right now. One step at a time and I will make it as a single mom. it will be hard but i embrace the adventure.

    Happy New Year to you, V.

  4. I'm loving the poem Dear Sister!

    I've never been one to think much about resolutions...I always saw those around me doing it and two weeks into letting it fall by the wayside and would think to myself...hmmmm.

    I rather liked Wendy's suggestion of finding a word and concentrating on that for the New Year...

    Thank You for your kind words today Mary...they really gave me a boost! I need those right now?

    I'm with you though...looking at things that need changing and working on them as we are step at a time.

    (((Big Hugs)))

  5. New Year is always a great time for change...

    There are many things I wish to improve about myself, believe me.

    Happy New Year Mary

  6. A happy,healthy New Year to you my friend. (((hugs)))Pat

  7. ~good morning my dear friend...always such beautiful words from you...happy belated holiday blessings...may this new year be filled with only sweet happy days ahead for your and yours...i thank you greatly for all of your love support and friendship this has meant alot to me...i saw that you have moved and i would love to get your new mailing address...
    i hope this finds you well and in good health and spirits...i look forward to catching up in the days ahead...much love light and blessings to you and cheers to the new year!~

  8. Mary...just to let you know that Blogger shut down my blogs. So I'm starting another but will probably not stay on here but go to WordPress.

    My new url is:

    Love You Sister!