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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, January 24, 2011

And So It Begins...

It's the beginning of the year and I'm full of ideas. Yeah, it's dangerous when I have ideas... it usually means that very little gets done around the house... and it also sees me crashing back down to earth, three months later.
I have to say it's nice to have a tidy house. Even if The Study is a minature Cylone Alley or the crime scene on Cluedo.
My lifelong motto: One thing at a time.Which is of course, easier said than done.
I don't do resolutions because, well, I tend to forget them... er... the following week.
But I have ideas... plans...
Which have a way of getting in the way of reality. Or is it that reality has a way getting in the way of my plans.
Either way... the results are ugly.

This year, I'm going to keep things simple and set aside any grand notions until the almost 4 year old goes to school next year.
I've observed that it's all the rage to talk about dreams and visions, fulfill your potential and all that... motivational stuff... I suppose has its place. But 2011 is the year that I'm going to learn to embrace ordinariness... to keep life simple... to fulfill my obligations to my family... to get my house in order, in every sense of the word.

I'm changing the blog name to reflect that... Thinking big is not very hard for me (I'm an ideas person) but getting the nitty gritty right has always been my challenge. Once in a while I dabble with fiction so that I remember how to get the airy fairy big ideas down into manageable chunks and make them work. Writing is a discipline no matter how it looks for Grisham, King and all your other friendly neighbourhood bestselling writer.

2010 was an odd year... I felt pushed around by circumstances and wasn't intentional enough about my parenting. Odd things happened, colds happened, I wasn't as hands-on with the kids and I sort of went with the flow which made me feel dissatisfied with life in general.

School has started and already we're getting push-back from the 9 year old.
Hope that's not a sign of things to come but just another hurdle we'll have to jump.

1 comment:

  1. A new blog name?
    Love reading your words Lilian. Don't think I don't, just cos I don't always comment. Lot's of don'ts in that last sentence.


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