Sunday, January 17, 2010

Clean Sweep

This is a quiet, peaceful New England lake before the snows came.




A new year of life is like a clean blackboard. Nothing's been written on it yet and it stands ready to be useful. It's ready for brilliant creativity and words of wisdom, humor, or even sorrow.

The year ahead is such a gift---unused, precious, and fragile.

Every new day we wake up to is a present to be carefully untied, unwrapped, gazed at, handled tenderly, and appreciated.

Givers, people who constantly serve others in a myriad of ways, make the world a better place. However, givers must guard their tendency to take on the problems of others. Everyone has a path to walk in this life. Sometimes the going gets very rough. The bad times pass so every human being must learn to hang on tight until the tide turns.

Givers, sometimes called codependents in therapeutic circles, want to not only listen to others' problems, but also solve them. Obviously, this is an impossible task. We can listen, help in whatever capacity possible, and then we must let go.
We do not have to solve the problems of the world.

One of the best questions ever asked of me was,
"Don't you know the givers attract the takers?"

There will always be problems, mine as well as everyone elses'. It's part of being human. One can still be kind, compassionate, and a good listener without trying to solve others' problems.

So pick up the chalk and start writing on the blackboard. It's a new year. There are new stories to write and adventures to have!

Like putting one's house in order, it's good to have a clean sweep!

What is one new adventure you would like to have this year? Is there some place you would like to travel? A course you'd like to take? A language you'd like to learn? Would love to hear your answers!

7 comments:

Adrienne said...

Right now I have so much stuff to do and learn I'm simply overwhelmed. I'm working on my list, though...

A New England Life said...

Well put, every day is a gift. How we use it is up to us. Hopefully wisely but more often then not we take it for granted.

Honestly I don't have much in the way of goals this year. I would like to learn how to use my camera bit better though. Photography is always a passion so if I can excel in that area at all I'll be pleased. I'd also like to spend more time alone with my husband just enjoying one another.

diane stetson said...

I'd like to become more computer savvy especially with posting pictures from my digital camera. Stephanie gave me a lesson this week but if I don't do it myself more often I will forget everything I learned...xo

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Adrienne...I understand how overwhelming things can get. When that happens to me, I just stop, breathe deeply, and do one thing at a time. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Hope you have an awesome day. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Dear Sharon....You are a fabulous photographer. Your photos are totally awesome. So if you get even better at it, we will all benefit! Have a great day. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Diane...You CAN become more computer savvy. Are there any mini-courses where you live, like at the library for an hour one evening? I know your schedule is pretty full but it is wonderful to learn more! Have a GREAT birthday today! Sincerely, Susan

Anonymous said...

Suzie,

Haven't been on-line in awhile......... your pictures are great!!

Love the hutch/crystal!!

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