Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wisdom of Chesterton - Afresh

"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective."     
~ G.K. Chesterton

So I'm going a bit abstract here on the pic but stay with me here people. First, R's tray a la chili night + a broccoli just for kicks. Good thing we give her a clean slate not just every day but EVERY meal because we are good parents like that.

Now onto me me me me ME!

So this New Year's I decided that I wanted to be less of a complainer. I pretty much should not complain about ANYTHING. We have family and friends and hear stories of how people have it rough and tough and sometimes down right I-don't-know-how-you-survive-on-a-daily-basis.

With that in mind I don't want to be a complainer. I have too many things to be grateful for. Now that does not mean I won't tell you the straight up if one day the girls happen to drive me particularly crazy. I'll try and be more factual about it rather than complainer-ish - now that's a fantastic word - about it.

Also on my micro-list of things I want to focus on this year are… 1. not letting the girls get me emotional charged when they are emotionally charged (aka if they are yelling or not doing something they are supposed to, I am focused on taking the calmer not frustrated with them approach) AND 2. eating better so I can get back down to my pre-pregs weight. Yeah it is probably on everyone's list.

Here is the kicker that relates back to the quote… I have been starting 'afresh' every day with a brand new… okay I am going to rock out this day and not be a complainer and not freak out at the girls and not eat 3 chocolate candies (okay maybe one). Regardless of what happened the day before, if I did a good job or not, today is a new day.

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  1. Recently posted this quote on FB, and I love your application of starting each day with that mindset. That's something we all could/should do.
    Bless you,

  2. Start afresh! Yes! New mercies every day and all that. :) And I too struggle with letting myself get charged when my kids are charged (especially my girls).