Reflections for 2017

It’s a quiet New Year’s Day morning here in Pedasí with an occasional blast of fireworks throughout the pueblo. Last night at midnight, the fireworks were non-stop for a few hours. Many homes were having parties, most of which were being celebrated in front of their homes. Although we went out for dinner, we decided to welcome the New Year in the comfort of our own home, watching the fireworks from our patio. But this morning seemed to be like most mornings now. I am sitting at the patio table watching “Novio” & “Mia” play in the garden while having my coffee and eating a little breakfast.
By this time in the past years it is dry season-sunny skies and no rain. We usually can actually claim the day dry season begins. But it seems this year the wet season lingers on. Although the breezes are changing direction (a sure indication of the season change), and there have been sunny hot days, even last week we had a few days or nights of rain. After a couple of sunny days again and going swimming, today returns to being overcast with the grey clouds hovering over us, possibly to bring a little more rain our way. And it seems a little cooler than the last couple of days as well. But by the time April or May arrives, I am sure the effects of the approachingdry season will have us wishing for rain again. So I am enjoying the slightly lower temps and the savings on my water bill to keep my garden green for now.

Many people make resolutions for the New Year. I avoid making such things because, as most of us, I always seem to forget about them within a month, perhaps as early as a week after they have been made. They just don’t work for me and when I fail to meet my goal, I feel disappointed in myself, guilty, or even angry at myself. So instead of making unrealistic goals and wishes on New Year’s Day, I like to remind myself of the blessings I have, taking time each day throughout the year to reflect, meditate, and pray. I receive in my email a “Thought for the Day”, a daily inspiring quote. Some I can relate to and usually save for further reflection; some do not relate, so I delete. One quote I saved on December 15th and feel it is appropriate for today’s blog posting is; “The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”― Charles R. Swindoll. I definitely choose to look at the positive side of things and not reflect on the negative. For those who still choose to make resolutions for the New Year, I have no problem with that. Today’s quote may inspire you; “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”― Cavett Robert.

I enjoy connecting with friends and family through Facebook, finding out what is happening with them, but steering away from the drama and gossip that some may use Facebook to vent their complaints. Many inspiring quotes and reflections with photos attached are posted each day by my Facebook friends and webpages I have “Liked”. Actually I do the same occasionally with something I have viewed and relate to, with the desire to encourage others. This morning being the first day of 2017 was one of those times where I scrolled through and reflected on several. I saved a few to reflect on even more throughout the year when I need a reminder to be grateful for my many blessings instead of getting a little depressed or negative when focusing on some of my circumstances, or what I perceive to be happening. Sometimes I overthink things about how I have acted, what others might think, or if I have said something inappropriate or hurtful. Sometimes I am my own worse enemy. So reflecting on these quotes and postings encourages and reminds me of who I really am and what is important. I have copied a few of these from Facebook that inspire me and perhaps will also encourage you.

Last of all, but most important to me, I have a goal to spend some quiet time each day for reflection and meditation which will also reading from the Bible and prayer. My faith is very important to me and I am not embarrassed to claim it. But I admit there are many days in the past year I have neglected setting aside a time. On those days I seem to fall into a habit of just staying busy; disappointments and resentment seem to creep in slowly. I need to reboot and a quiet time is the best way for me to do this. Whether its just sitting out in the garden, or rocking on the chair in our front veranda, or going to the beach (which is always relaxing for me), when I do take some time for myself, my attitude changes for the better. So I just have to make it a priority to remember to continue to do this daily so not to let the negative thoughts overwhelm me. Yet, I also need to remember to not allow myself to feel guilty when I do forget, but just move forward and continue. It’s kind of like when I go to take my daily vitamins & meds and I see that I forgot to take the morning doses. I continue with the schedule, not giving up just because I skipped a morning or even a day.

So this posting ended up being mostly about my own reflections of how I personally want to face each day in this coming year and beyond. Sometimes I just feel like writing about my thoughts. Most of the time I write about our adventures. Both are part of “our third life” in Pedasí. I wish all my readers a prosperous, and possibly also a reflective New Year of 2017. ¡Prospero Año Nuevo de 2017!

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