Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year's Day Thoughts

This New Year starting today gives me the feeling of a clean slate, ready to be written on, with old scribblings carefully erased. I cannot know what the year 2007 will bring, and I really don't think I would want to know in advance. When I was younger, I wished the years away - to be old enough to go to school, to be in High School, to get my driver's license. I don't do that any more. They go way too fast as it is, and my life goals seem so much simpler now.

I've looked back on 2006, and in many ways, it was the worst year our family has ever experienced together. But we're still here, and the worst of those times have passed. Others struggled with far worse than we did this past year, so I pray that they, too, have a sense of renewed hope with a New Year dawning.

I don't make such elaborate long range plans any more, but rather, my time is spent taking one day at a time. This requires much more faith in God than my old way of writing to do lists and planning events far in advance. So, I'd say I've grown some spiritually in 2006. I pray that I continue to depend more on God than in my own waning strength in 2007 and years to come.


Nuri said...

Your worst year?? Well, I hope 2007 is much better!
2006 was quite good to me...

Dirty Butter said...

I'm glad 2006 was a good year for you, Nuri. I expect 2007 to be a good one for us.

Happy New Year's to you!

Marion said...

Happy New Year to you, DB!

You're right, it does take large amounts of faith to live from moment to moment, day to day.

Not relying on lists and such is very freeing for me, and there is more anticipation of good things, too. Along with the odd, unexpected surprise!

Dirty Butter said...

I've always been a planner, Marion, but last year was not a year that anyone could have foreseen. Day to Day is working just fine for me. My DH takes care of any planning that must be made now LOL!

Tomas said...

Dear Dirty Butter,
Happy New Year to you.

You-all your posts shine such extremely warmth that I ... I just become speechless.
Now I heartily wish you the peace that you share with us, that God entrusted us to share for to live.
Thus the most amazing flowers sparkle even in the darkest night..
Ooops, I am weak in words, but we all become the giants in smile of gratitude.

My dear Dirty Burter, my all the best-best are flowing to you.

Thank you just for you are

Dirty Butter said...

Thank you, Tomas. As always, your words overwhelm me. The many blogging friends I met in 2006, including you, are some of the bright spots in a year I am otherwise glad is over.

Tomas said...

Dear Dirty Butter,

It is already after midnight in Lithuania and most people are s;eeping. I was going to do the same, but in spite of that I turned on my computer. I just need to say Thank You, dear Dirty Butter. You-thoughts about you-have made my day today. Thank you.

Janey Loree said...

Happy New Year DB!!! 2006 wasn't the the greatest for us either, but just like you, we are looking forward to a wonderful 2007!

Dirty Butter said...

Being optimistic is so much more pleasant than being pessimistic!

Here's a wonderful 2007 for both of us, Janey!!