Find Joy in the Journey

find joy in the journeyMusing on the last day of 2012

Some one once said that there are two kinds of journey, one is only for reaching the destination, which makes life a matter of two points, birth and death; the other involves vision and mind in the scenery and events along the way, which results in a rich life.

I kinda like that … the idea of moseying along life taking in the scenery, pausing for a bit in a really nice spot then taking up the trek again paying more attention to what is around you than what is behind or ahead.

My mother had a tradition we all considered a bit of a nuisance as children. She believed that the way you spent the first day of the year set the pattern for the rest of the year. So bright and early on the morning of January 1 Mom would pop her head in the door, flip on the light, and sing slightly off-key “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine! Time to wake up sleepy heads!”

We’d grumble out of bed and follow Mom to the bathroom to wash, wee, and brush before putting on bathrobes and heading to the kitchen. Mom would have set the table with cloth napkins and place mats and with a vitamin and a glass of juice already poured at our places. And right next to the juice would be a small wrapped gift or card she picked just for us.  After a breakfast of French toast and bacon we’d head back to our rooms to get dressed in clean clothes, strip our beds for fresh linens and do a chore picked by Mom.

We started our day with cheer and laughter, cleanliness, a good breakfast, a bit of work, and above all the  thoughtfulness and unconditional love of another person. Not a bad start for the year.

This year, I want to start my New Year off the right way by getting up at a reasonable hour and having a good breakfast (with a vitamin!). After a bit of motivational reading and writing, Molly-dog and I will take a walk. Family and friends are important, so I’ll call or maybe even write a card or letter (I actually have stamps left over from the holiday cards I didn’t send).  I’ll pick up after myself and sort through some paperwork and actually discard something because order and simplicity is vital to my ability to function.  I’ll plan my meals and “write my bites”  to get back on track after the holidays. And at the end of the day, I’ll journal my gratitude.

Maybe it’s ambitious to do it all in one day, but it is just one day … just today.

And all we really have to do is one day at a time.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” said Ernest Hemingway

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