December 30, 2010 – Bring On 2011

I hope you had a great Christmas.  We had to deal with the snow and cold but otherwise I think things went pretty smoothly on my end.  Santa treated me well as usual (I’m always a good boy, ha ha) and I had a lot of good food (temporary break from the diet, back to the healthy stuff after the holidays).  It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of another year.  The adage that time goes faster as we get older I think is certainly true.  I was just getting used to writing 2010 on my checks, and now we turn the page again.

I have never been one to go out and celebrate New Year’s.  I have always considered it a good night to find something on TV, relax and take a little time of reflection and think about the past year and look forward to the coming year.  Last year at this time I was full of doubt about the coming year – I was in the midst of a long battle with health problems and I was still searching for answers, and I didn’t know if things would keep getting worse or if at some point I would find an answer.  Now a year later I’m reporting mixed results – I still really haven’t found a definitive answer but medications and I think also taking better care of myself have me feeling quite a bit better than last year at this time, and I’m looking forward to the new year ahead instead of being filled with apprehension like I was last year.  Call it coincidence or what you want, but it seemed that I started to rebound right around the time of Confirmation this past May.  The Holy Spirit at work?  I’m certainly not going to dispute it.

So what will the next year bring?  There is a country song by Brad Paisley called “Letter To Me”.  In the song he pretends that he has the ability to write a letter to himself when he was a teenager, and he tells himself all sorts of things such as to be nice to certain teachers, and that he will meet the girl of his dreams, and that he shouldn’t worry about things so much.  If you’d like to see the video for it, here is the link to it:

http://www.cmt.com/videos/brad-paisley/187138/letter-to-me.jhtml

I have often wondered how I would react if I had the ability to know what the future would bring.  If I had a sheet of paper that said this is what is going to happen this year, would I do things differently?  Would life be better or worse?  If I knew something bad was going to happen to someone, would I warn them or would I let things happen assuming that it was how it was supposed to be?  The more I think about it, I’m glad that I don’t know what the next day or the next year is going to bring.  Not that I’m big on surprises, but I think life is best lived relying on our faith and taking each day as it comes.  I’ve certainly adopted that attitude after the past year.

I have also typically never made a lot of New Year’s resolutions.  I’ve made some in the past only to see them fizzle in a short period of time.  But there are some things that I’m going to try to work on in the next year (note that I said try, I’m not making any promises).  I’m going to try to get back on my health kick and lose some more weight.  The holidays and the food surrounding them have put me a step back, so I need to re-dedicate myself to that.  I’m also going to try not to be as judgemental of people.  I think we all have a tendency to judge some people on our first impressions without really getting to know that person, so I’m going to try to improve on that.  And of course, I’m going to continue to try to spread God’s message, particularly via our website and through this little blog.  Oh, and through all of the trials and tribulations I will continue to root for my Cardinals, Blues and Rams.  Who would have thought that we would be beginining the new year with the Rams one win away from a playoff birth.  An omen for things to come?  Let’s hope.

Finally, I end this year by thanking you for your continued support of our parish and our website, and for continuing to read my random drivel each week.  I am so appreciative of your compliments and for spreading the word about our website so more and more people can discover it and use it.  I hope you have a great 2011 that is filled with good health, happiness, and all of the best.  God willing, I will talk to you again next year.  And pray for a year that brings an improved economy, a renewed interest in working for justice, and of course, Peace.

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