from a to z… the letter A

Happy New Year Sweet Soul,

I need to tell you this, I already imploded on the new year.

I mean I made my to do list and goals so big and massive and detailed and….
(I kinda over did it)

Did you? Please say I’ve got some company in this over-striving time of year.

The truth is, I don’t do new years resolutions. I don’t. But goals and ideas and dreams (because I am a VERY BIG dreamer) are my mode. And I make plans, set course, and like to get going as soon as possible.

But on day two of a new year, the path already got too steep. Changes and circumstances (or stuff I just didn’t consider) already messed me up.

All this to say, I’ve been working on a little list of “A to Z” stuff for 2014. A “cleanse” you might say. Or “SoulCare Cards.” Things that I think are worth working on… one week at a time. AND the ironic thing is that I already need to focus on my first “A to Z” caring, cleansing thought. ….funny how that happens. A dose of my own medicine.

So without further ado Sweet Soul, and on the 1st Friday of the new year, may I present to you the letter A. The first SoulCard Card.

Accept Transience.
Life is short and full of changes.
Nothing is permanent.
And that’s not a bad thing.
Call it change. Call it “a season.”
Call it what you want.
But each of us move in and out of pleasure, hardship,
joy, pain, contentment, and melancholy.
Be open.
See what there is to learn in it.
Attempt thankfulness in everything.



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5 thoughts on “from a to z… the letter A

  1. I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago and prefer to count my blessings and record my daily progress in my journals-less stressful!! Thanks for all of your posts-as I have commented before, they seem to come at the right time, just when I need a little something more.

  2. So, I stopped New Years resolutions along time ago! What makes your post so appealing to me is the insistence of working towards your goal. I’m great at making the list, but then it just sits. For goodness sake, its not going to happen on its own. Get off your duff Glenda and get busy. Time is passing like a freight train. All aboard!

    • Glenda – goals are a bear huh? I mean they ARE a bear! In fact they just tackle me to the ground as soon as I realize they are there (and at my doing of course). Someone told me once that if I only did 1% of my goal each day… and I do try to live by that. 1% of stepping towards my dream every day will eventually get me there. It’s looking at the whole at one time that is straight up too scary (aka: the bear). So just 1%, a bitty step at a time. For you and me both 🙂

  3. Oh, Sherry. How do you do that? I was just journaling about how I always seem to be in transition – and how easy it is for me to use that transition as an excuse to not do what I need/want to do. I tell myself “Well, I can’t do this important thing right now because I’m waiting for that other really important thing to be over.” Or my most recent: “I can’t build that important habit when I’m living on the road. I’ll just wait until I arrive.” So yah, your post hits me. Once again.
    Thank you, my dear.

    Oh, and instead of resolutions or goals, last year I tried something I learned from a new friend. Values. Yep, values instead of goals. But I couldn’t pick just one so I went for five last year: wellness, wideness (diversity, grace, tolerance), wisdom, wonder, and writing. I liked it and have been pondering something similar for this year – maybe just focusing on those once at a time.

    • Oh Kaye – love the 5 “w” values you did for last year. Especially “wonder” – which when we have that just opens our hearts up to good things. Maybe you are Wild Wander and Wonder this year… happy travels in the sunny state. xoxo

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