It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Chapter 1, Page 7, Book 12

One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering

Ida Scott Taylor

SUPER SATURDAY! We are new everyday

The feelings that the dawn of a new year brings are varied, to be sure.  We look forward to new experiences, new relationships, new ventures, new opportunities and new hopes in the coming year. 

We all want something new. We like shiny, fresh, pressed and crisp, but I think we need to be cautious in handling the new things that may enter in our lives, taking care,  not to make the same mistakes that were made in the past.  

The beginning of the year is a time for thinking afresh. We make lists for ourselves at New Year's of things we'd like to improve about our situations, homes, attitudes, health, education, etc. But if we focus too much on the negative aspects of our lives, we shouldn't be surprised if we find that we're stuck in a rut and can't get out, that our experiences don't seem any better, or that we don't have the will to move forward.

When we have cobwebs in our house, we get a broom and brush them off of all the nooks and crannies that they occupy and we look forward , we experience all the present goodness that surrounds us continually. Put in this light, it seems odd that we would ever choose to look at the cobwebs (mistakes, failures, disappointments, regrets) and focus on the past.

As I strive to live totally in the present, I find that each moment can be filled with something new.  We cannot just cover up the old with the new, we have to stop holding onto the past. The past is the past. It's gone.

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.

Oprah Winfrey

Living in the moment we are aware of the good that is already present in our experiences. The new year invites us to create something new each day – the newness of love, of joy and often of endurance. To live for the day is to live always new. 

I hope that this newness in your own lives will be filled with love and joy as we move into this new year 

Have a SUPER Saturday everyone! 

'On Ya'- ma


Hollie said...

Beautiful entry! The New Year always makes me kinda sad. I don't know why. It could be all the planning for Christmas & the sudden let down when it's over. It takes months to get ready for Christmas & then it's over in a blink of an eye!


Love this post. So beautifully said about letting go of the past and living in the moment. The present is all we really have and it's a GIFT. Take care.

jack69 said...

This one grabs you. Thanks.
It is good to look at this day as a beginning.
Love the quote also. (will save that)
Our sun is popping in and out but still short sleeve weather, thank goodness.

betty said...

I like looking at the newness of this year, Ma, and putting aside some of the past that we may carry, like regrets. Wise words shared today, thanks!

enjoy the weekend!


Lainey Laine said...

What a beautiful entry to come back to. Thanks you for that Ma x

Buttercup said...

Thanks -- as ever lots to think about. It's a glorious day in New York and so enjoyed being outside earlier. Take good care and hope you're having a super Saturday.

Midlife Mom said...

Well put! Like Hollie I have been feeling a bit let down now that the holidays are over. I need to kick myself in the britches and enjoy each new day to the fullest. We went to a dear friends funeral today and it was rather unexpected. No one knows how many days they will have on this earth, we need to make the most of each and every one! xoxo

JeanJournal said...

Dear Ma, You touched my heart with this one today! Even SO MUCH that I was inspired to write a poem(the first one for this year 2012) and I'll read it at church as they always request me to do. I'm sure gonna try to make each day beautiful and worth remembering ... What a treasure you are! ~ Jean(Rome Georgia girl)