Decorating The Tree

Decorating The Tree, 2015

The Christmas holiday is over and the tree is down and stored away for next year.  Now is the time to start over with another year.  Yes, I know it started a week ago but since I worked most of the nights between Christmas and now it feels like it is just beginning for me.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

This is the hardest time of the year for me and I’m not sure why–however–I do have some thoughts on the matter.  For me, Christmas is much like a wedding. Weeks and weeks of preparation and in just a few minutes it’s over.  I’m glad that we put forth that effort and that we had such a marvelous holiday but now life is insistently pushing at me and I have to get back to the real work of living my life.

“Hope Smiles
from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

I resolved to have no commitment to the year 2016 but to be happy.  I plan to be happy to be alive, breathing, talking, writing, loving and being. Happiness isn’t always as easy as it feels like it ought to be.  It sometimes takes a real effort to be happy, especially if like me your struggle with depression from time-to-time. So that is where my effort will be this year.  It is a huge commitment! Amazingly enough when I decided on this to be my New Year’s Resolution I thought it would be easy. As Christopher Robin would say, “Silly Bear!”

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

So today, I’m writing my first blog post of 2016. I’m giving voice to the New Year with my words and my determination to create happiness in my life and the life of others. BUT just writing that sentence nearly took my breath away. What a big task I’ve set for myself! But it is too important to not jump in with both feet and get going.

“The most important thing is to
enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
― Audrey Hepburn

I have a great life with wonderful people surrounding me with love and support. I have a beautiful home in a beautiful place with nature surrounding me and lifting me up. I have a new career to launch fully this year as a Transformative Life Coach and an old career as a Family Nurse Practitioner supporting me financially. I have a book to finish, poems in my head to write down and blogs to write. These things are the foundation of my happiness.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world:
someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett

Well Tom,
I think I have it covered!

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