Saturday, January 05, 2008

As new as it can get----Sunday Scribblings/Cafe Writing

For someone who seldom makes resolutions for the New Year, I certainly have goals. Those are not entirely for this year. My elusive goals are not visible to any one even if I achieve those. I wish to grow in many dimensions and material aspect does not even enter into my plans. I strive to be a better person in all ways each day. I have this inner urge to learn. What I do not know, I diligently teach myself. I am grateful to my genetic make up that I got good genes as I have the aptitude to do anything if I put my mind to it. For me the newness does not happen in a new year. It happens each day of my life. I try not to reflect on the negatives. I cannot be vibrant at all times, but I need not be pensive either.

Getting into the specifics, writing is one important aspect. Those days I cannot write, I make myself write. I set myself small goals and try to touch those. Reading too is very important for me. I plan to read lot more than what I did last year.

Then there are some areas in my personal front that I need to redress and change. More important, I need to discipline my mind to accomplish all that I seek. I need to curb on my impulsiveness, which has landed me into trouble in many ways. I have won over my surge of anger to some extent. I will go on doing whatever I can for abused children. Maybe more than what I have been doing.

Each day is new, each experience is new. Hence, our perception has to be to according to what is going on each moment. Renewing ourselves is what we are doing at any given moment of time.

35 comments:

Borut said...

I've been thinking along these lines for the past few days... But yesterday, my violent outburst of anger got me quite unprepared...!?:) Wish you good luck in what you intend to do this year!:)

Penny said...

I love your line: "For me the newness does not happen in a new year. It happens each day of my life." Beautiful.

Shari said...

I agree - "newness does not happen in a new year. It happens each day of my life." I've been trying to make the most of each day, lately. Each day has special opportunities.

Square1 said...

"Renewing ourselves is what we are doing at any given moment of time."

I love the way you closed that Gautami, because it's so true. thank you for sharing these thoughts.

tumblewords said...

Surely these are goals to strive for...None of them easy but all so very worthwhile.

Sassy Lucy said...

Wonderful goals and I wish you the best of luck...I need to make myself write when I feel blocked, that is one of my goals this year...so I joined Sunday Scribblings. My first edition can be found: http://wannabeawritersomeday.blogspot.com/2008/01/sunday-scribbles-edition-1.htmlings

devil mood said...

I agree that we don't have to wait til the new year to make important changes in our lives, to fight for what we believe in, to grow and to learn in every minute of our life :)
Good luck!

Herb Urban said...

That is a great perspective to have. Constant growth, rebirth and renewal every day in small imperceivable ways. Being the catalyst of our own growth beats waiting around for the external world to change to suit our whims.

Kai C. said...

good luck this year!

Bone said...

I've also told myself that I need to try and write at least for a few minutes each night. Even that is hard to do sometimes.

Reading--at least reading something well-written--always inspires me to write.

UL said...

Wonderfully said, each moment, each second is new ...may all that you seek come to you in tenfold..

thanks

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

"More important, I need to discipline my mind to accomplish all that I seek."
I* need to learn this from you. I've gotten so lazy!

Robin said...

Striving to do better for yourself each and every day really resonates for me. I like that approach so much better than making a whole bunch of soon to be abandoned resolutions.

Granny Smith said...

May what happens each day of your life bring you nearer to all your goals!

Happy New Year!

dsnake1 said...

an insightful post, gautami. Especially love the great ending.

wish i have the discipline that you have. yeah, need to read more this year..

bella mocha said...

This is a wonderful post, and what you say is so true- every day is new, every hour, every moment.

You are so inspiring to read- I am now determined to be disciplined and to accomplish all my goals.

Thanks for the great writing!

Heather Kathleen said...

"renewing ourselves". amen.

so veggies at your house(since you didn't lob them at my haiku)? what time?? :)))))

blessings to you everyday of the year.

Jennifer Hicks said...

I'm so on the same page with you about being intentional about change in each and every moment.

happy new year!

CresceNet said...

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floots said...

my resolution was to abstain from blogging for the first ten days of the new year
well - i've managed to stay away (even from posting comments) until now but i had to come and see what you were doing :)
glad i did
thank you

paul martin said...

I didn't know about the abused children aspect of your life. As a school counselor in the US, that was on my job description - reporting cases of suspected child abuse.

Although there were some cases where you got a child out of a bad situation, there were also many times when it seemed like you stirred up lots of anxiety and commotion around something not so significant, or where something that you felt was significant wasn't acted on.

Basically, the agencies that schools report abuse to here are underfunded by the government, so they feature underpaid employees with a high turnover rate and huge caseloads. They're well meaning people, but often young and inexperienced. So when you'd call something in, it was anxiety-provoking - you didn't know how appropriate the child protective service agency's response would be.

I have to say, my last school district's agency was way better than the others, so it seems to vary here from state to state.

myrtle beached whale said...

I wish I had your discipline. I have intentions of writing every day but there are too many distractions.

Becca said...

We should make daily renewal a part of our lives. A wonderful sentiment.

Good luck with your new goals for this year.

DJPare said...

Sounds like you have the right idea for some goals!

Steve said...

I am sure that you will succeed in whatever to venture into.

Just Jen said...

you're right, we can renew at any time. i think your goals are doable!
Just swung by to get your link for my link list...i lost everything! It's fixed now though...lol

Clare said...

Hi Gautami! Happy New Year! I really enjoyed this post and find it very inspiring -- and your spirit radiantly shines in it. I especially love the line "what I do not know, I diligently teach myself". This is really beautiful and powerful. Thank you!
:)

Rose said...

Happy New Year!
May you have the strength to meet all of you expectations in the coming months!

Remiman said...

gautami,
I think you've set an example that all of us would do well to emulate!
rel

thetonguetiedmuse said...

"It happens each day of my life. I try not to reflect on the negatives. I cannot be vibrant at all times, but I need not be pensive either."

I loved this line. I think your goals are so great. Good luck in achieving them all.

Frances said...

How wonderful that you help abused children. Your influence will positively influence future generations in their families.
Have a wonderous 2008.
Namaste

MissMeliss said...

Am woefully behind in the linking - it will be live tonight...really enjoyed reading your perspective.

Melody said...

Well said, Gautami! Thanks for the insightful post. :)

paisley said...

often times the very fact that you seem to be able to maintain a cheery blogging exterior all the time distresses me... i am envious of that,, but then i know ,, in real life,, i am that person... it is only here in the privacy of my own little blogging world that i feel comfortable and let my demons free...

this was very lovely and made me think... a winning combination in my book......

"reflects"

Medhini said...

I liked this line 'I cannot be vibrant at all times, but I need not be pensive either'. Winning over anger is a great achivement. Hope you achive your elusive goals!