Almost time

It’s that time of year again! The very last day of it! Soon we will usher in a whole new 365 days! What will we do with them?

Do you have big plans for tonight? I do – they involve my dogs, my daughter and my pyjama’s! πŸ˜› I probably won’t make it to midnight, again! No matter! So long as I get to wake up and experience the next new day, I’m happy πŸ˜‰
My happiness may be short lived, because we all know that while each day is a gift and full of opportunity, sometimes things come our way and try to detract from its beauty. But this is life. A mixture of mishaps and motivations! Disappointments, and fulfilling rewards!
As the saying goes, ‘you can’t have a rainbow without the rain‘ πŸ˜‰

I gave up on New Year’s resolutions years ago. I decided that life applies enough pressure, why should I add to it and find more ways to disappoint myself? πŸ˜› Ha ha ha! However, yes, I do still have goals and dreams… you just never know πŸ˜‰
But seriously…..

I find myself chanting, ”Little things make big things happen”.
And I’m a sucker for hope.

Being the way I am doesn’t win me a lot of friends, surprisingly. Comments are usually along the lines of me being ”annoyingly positive and optimistic”’, and ”unrealistically hopeful because you’re not in control of those things now, are you?”

Being annoyingly positive and optimistic is what works for me – it keeps me going, and it’s the way I choose to be, because without it I’d be risking becoming destructively negative and hateful. ”Know thyself” – I know me. I know my history, and I know there is the potential for much bitterness, if I don’t try and keep that door closed. So I simply HAVE to keep trying!

As for the unrealistically hopeful part? I agree – I can only control myself, and for most of us our living circumstances usually put us in a position where we’re at the mercy of others (some examples : if you live in a housing development, you can’t just do as you please because there are rules; each country has laws that need to be followed, so again, we cannot just do as we please; if you’re waiting on important documentation, you cannot control the time it will take/you have no say in the process that needs to be followed).
But as dire as those things seem, even when the outcome seems impossible….
There is always hope!
Once again, this is a way I choose to be, because without it I strongly suspect I may cease to be me.
It’s difficult for me to explain, and you could probably only understand it if you have ever felt the same way. It’s not that I am unrealistic. It’s not that I refuse to acknowledge the challenges, or am oblivious to the limitations. I DO see all of those things! But at the very same time there is a flame within that burns, reminding me, ”Don’t give up. Not yet. You just never know!”
I suspect that that is what fuels my journey. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. :

β€œIf you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.Β And so today I still have a dream.”

Returning to ”little things make big things happen”…..

I am going into the New Year hoping for something in particular for 2022. It is not a big thing. It is monumentally huge! It’s going to require little and big things in order for it to happen. And to be totally honest, I am already feeling a little bit frustrated, ha ha ha! Because it’s a goal that is realistic, but at the same time because of time, and my inability to control everything, is also a little bit unrealistic.
Next mantra on repeat : ”Don’t give up. Not yet. You just never know!”

As and when, if it happens or if it doesn’t, I will share with all of you. I am hopeful that it will be a share of celebration! I acknowledge the possibility that it may not. BUT :
Whatever the ‘weather’, we’ll weather the weather, whether we want to or not πŸ˜‰

So very grateful to each and every one of you for reading and commenting and liking over the years – I treasure having you all along for the ride πŸ˜‰

And I’ll end with this :

β€œWe spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ― Ellen Goodman

No matter what lies ahead in the year that is coming, my hope is that you will all find the strength to carry on and face each new day with the thought to at least keep TRYING! And my extra special request for each person who has read this is that in that trying, you will be surprised by some ‘supposed unrealistic happenings’ being made real for you in the very best of ways! ❀

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ONE AND ALL!

34 thoughts on “Almost time

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family Meg, I am truly appreciative of you and your blog posts because they are filled with love and a willingness to share with others and uplift and support others.
    Hope is one of the greatest attributes that we may have and is the anchor that we all need. I hope that you will go some way in achieving your goals and look forward to hearing more about them.
    I wish you and your family a very happy New Year’s Eve and a blessed and joyful New Year and may you all be blessed in abundance. ❀

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  2. Just discovered your blog while searching WordPress for new (to me) and interesting blogs to read. So glad I found you. Wonderful to read such a forward looking and optimistic post, given the trials the world is staggering through at the moment. Clicking the follow button πŸ™‚

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  3. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    β€œDo you have big plans for tonight? I do – they involve my dogs, my daughter and my pyjama’s! πŸ˜› I probably won’t make it to midnight, again! No matter! So long as I get to wake up and experience the next new day, I’m happy.” πŸ˜‰

    I say you have one of the best plans and most people should have it so right! πŸ˜‰

    β€œLittle things make big things happen”.
    And I’m a sucker for hope.

    β€œIf you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

    You nailed it here fine Lady! You must have picked up some information from the same source that I did because all of this correlates and coincides with my own perspective; and unless you actually have been following me around the last 15 years or know me even remotely this is all rather striking that you would say this; especially right now.

    I’ve always been an eternal optimist since a boy and in recent years I took some big lumps that were incredibly cruel perhaps making up for all the easy going happy-go-lucky of a pretty much smooth sailing journey and being saved even from death a few times over the many years prior; so this was some mean trick or slap in the face. But, still I fought my way to the next chapter never quitting and though a bit tattered and torn I still have that idealist positive spark deep in there saying I’m going to make it out of this rat race to the enchanted land somewhere over the rainbow; basically good old heaven no matter what happens; if I don’t lose hope and just keep my faith in God!

    Einstein said β€œGod doesn’t play dice” when another physicist discussing Big Bang and the origin of all of this universe; said that prior to it all with enough β€œrandom” events occurring in that pre-universe the right combination would have to at some point snap together, basically somehow opening up a whole world; quantum physics, where there is randomness in existence, but, Einstein didn’t like that concept and saw deep into this existence and its intricate order, as I see it; planned out order, something that could only come from high thought and vast intelligence! I’m good with that totally, and that is a great place to drawn hope from! I get it from lots of things too; even a sunset or some birds outback tweeting in the early morning; what an incredible mind must be God!

    To dream the Impossible Dream was always my youthful outlook and though those years are behind me I still have that undying spark, β€œA Don Quixote” in there that says I still have a mind, and it’s a free mind; so I can dream and have hope!

    Thanks for the great stimulation and inspiration along with pointing out the key being β€œHope!”

    Again those plans are just right as I see it all!

    God bless you and yours.
    Happy New Year!
    Lawrence

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      1. β€œEven if only to the life of one other! ❀”

        Perfect, genuine, crystalline and perfect!
        Thank you for being where you are when you are and saying the words and expressing the heartfelt genuine thoughts here! They are yours and you!

        All you said was succinct to me and a very meaningful inspiration making the New Year start with β€œa great spark!”
        Amen.

        Thank you for that!

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      2. That is a much appreciated wish and blessing coming from you, and I should of course offer all the same and more as we move forward! It really means something to me and I’m sure for you too!
        So very good and genuine!
        Thank you!

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      1. Hi there and you are no passing fancy; a great handle! I don’t know what I’m following other than that unreachable star and God’s presence having always been there in my life so I know I’m on the journey for β€œmy life,” and I will reach my destination with hope in my heart, that can never be defeated, nothing can or will take away what God ordains; so that is my quest, to follow that unreachable star! This all just comes out of the spirit my Sister and Friend that I never met; but I know we understand this for what it truly is; God Sent! Amen.
        God bless you and your children on this New Year!
        Brother in Christ Jesus,
        Lawrence πŸ˜‰

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      2. You’re very welcome Fine Lady and Mum! Great job you do!

        You’re so right it can’t fail it’s a higher power that speaks to it and will prevail over all else, there is no stopping it; I’m absolutely positive about that!

        My Dad also said when I was quite young, β€œthey can do anything they want to this body in this world but my soul belongs to God and when I die I’m going upstairs with Him!”

        Moms and Dads that speak from the heart like that and the way Martin Luther King Jr. did say it all; we are wise to listen and follow in their footsteps! As they were or are following the Lord!

        Thank you again very much, a very special New Year’s connection like no other I’ve ever had. I appreciate the inspiration and goodness!

        πŸŒŸπŸ™πŸ•ŠβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ™πŸŒŸ

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      3. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love the number 3! And an added note, this is fun too; I still like and can have fun in spite of being kicked in the teeth!

        Mom always said the simple things in life are free and they are the best things!!! She was absolutely right and so are you! You got it down pat Friend!

        You’ll like this being a great dog person!

        “A God Sent Ray of Hope and Light on Thanksgiving for a Dog and a Man”

        She is Basenji and Ridgeback.

        πŸŒ·πŸ€— πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ• 😁 ❀🌹🌈🌞

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      4. Happy New Year Meg! β€œLovely” is the operative word for sure; very β€œLovely” of you to say what you have here! I love them all, I had Five dogs all once for a while but gradually they leave me which splits me to pieces; I wish they could live double or triple the usual span! But on one such occasion a really good woman who had bought one of the puppies with her husband a State Trooper who worked in the β€œK-9 unit search and rescue” for some years during his career helped me so much when she told me about Rainbow Bridge! Man, I really have to see all my past dogs again, I still get teary eyed thinking of them or looking at photos and video of them!

        I just decided I should send you another essay link so you see more of what I mean; even specifically.

        A Special Dog Angel

        Thanks again and enjoy them!
        Brother in Christ,
        Lawrence

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      5. A lovely sequential short film and what a lovely young lady and good dancer all attuned to that classic George Harrison β€œWhat is Life!”

        Don’t ask me how or why I came up with this it came to me after watching the Man of La Mancha β€œThe Impossible Dream.”

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    1. Thank you so much, Riley ❀ I'll take as many hopes and wishes as I can get – the whole 'united front' thing, you know πŸ˜‰
      I'm reciprocating with wishes for you that this year will bring you plenty of fantastic surprises πŸ™‚

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