Happy New Year everyone..
As this day approached I, like every one of you, began to think of what my resolutions would be for this new year. Would I lose the minimal 10 pounds I know I need to lose. Should I resolve to finish my course work, get my health in order, or spend more time on my career? All these things I need to accomplish. But as I looked back at the past year and remembered what I saw every time I turned on my television and sometimes my phone or computer; the vile viciousness, the hatred, the violence, the ugliness, how divided we were – and becoming more so, I thought I needed to make better, bigger, bolder resolutions in this new year. I need to try to bridge the divide. I think I have known this for some time, it is now time to step up.
Then I read an article about how most of us fail to follow or complete our New Year’s resolutions – so true. The author suggested that we think about what we truly want for our year to come and express it in one word. Then we live that one word in our daily lives. Remembering last year, and feeling like it would continue into this year, when I began thinking about ways that I wanted to change this year, I tried to see if it summed up in one word. You see I want to become the person who sees someone hungry and shares my meal, to see someone sick and do what I can to make them feel better, to see someone blinded by whatever it is and give them clarity, and to see someone who feels so alone and lonely and make them know that they are not alone. Very lofty goals I know. And can they be expressed in one word? If they can, I think the one word and my word this year will be “GIVING”.
I think I will begin my giving by sharing something I wrote several years ago. I hope you like it, and even more so, I hope it makes you think about yourself and your effect on this world. For it is my belief that every moment matters. Here it is:
ALL OF ME I have gone through life With my hand held out For anyone who wanted to take hold Several tried to slap it shut But they could not get it to fold I have also stood With my arms open wide For anyone who wanted a hug Several tried to get my arms to close But they could only get me to shrug As soon as I could feel, it beat I have offered up my heart For anyone who wanted, or needed, to feel love Several tried to make it break But they did not know, what it was made of When I felt like I was old enough I have offered up my brain For anyone who had, like me, an eagerness to learn Several tried to get my mind to close But they could not stop my intellectual yearn Eventually I have offered all of me My hand, my heart, my brain For anyone who wanted a friend to hold, to love, to share ideas Several tried to take pieces of me But they could not see, love replenishes, it appears I have learned that life is truly lived When the gift I give is me From the touch of my hand, pang of my heart, Or something I need to teach It matters not the length of time that is shared It matters the depth that is reached by, Laura Standrowicz c: May 2010
So as I enter my year of giving, if the only thing I have to give is myself, then I shall do what it takes to not break this New Year’s resolution. And I hope with all my heart that each one of us, finds the strength and fortitude to keep our New Year’s resolutions, whatever they may be. Most importantly, I hope that we all find a way to make 2018 a very good year — together.