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New Minute, New Hour, New Day, New Year

I cannot honestly say that I am excited about 2010. There is no particular reason either. I am not stuck in a 2009 holding pattern waiting rather impatiently for something big to break. I am not anticipating the best year ever wherein I will lose weight, strengthen my spiritual relationship, completely renovate my home to off-grid status, grow a record crop or even get that big promotion always taunting me from just in front of my reach. So why waste your time, my time and the typing effort to say all that? Because this year I am doing something different. This year I am celebrating a new day for 365 days, AND I DARE YOU TO DO IT TOO!

A new day breaks in Barnesville

That’s right. No more micro-focus or even macro-focus. I am going to focus on the task at hand, the day I am living in and the things I can change here and now.

When I can save a little money, I am going to. That means less eating out, less snacking and less frivolous spending. I think that might help me in my goal to lose a little unneeded weight. We all know less bread and fewer fried foods means lower blood sugar levels and reduced concern about cholesterol and blood pressure.

When I can give things away I will. We often have a dozen or more eggs just “waiting” in the fridge. When there is someone who can use them they are going to get them – free of charge. I think that will go a long way in strengthening my spiritual relationship in that I worship best when in the midst of service acts or acts of giving.

I guess what I am saying is that for 365 days I am going to celebrate the new year organically allowing things to grow out of need, passion, desire and availability. With a pure heart I think each thing will flow into the next and before I know it I will have embraced what I have secretly known for several years. I am blessed. Odom’s Idle Acres is blessed. Let each new day be about pouring that blessing out!

anotherkindofdrew
1/19/2010 9:14:57 AM

@Susan - You said, "I must say it's quite a satisfying way to live. :)" to which I say, AMEN!


oz girl
1/19/2010 9:12:06 AM

What an introspective post... I have always felt blessed, but never more than I am at this present time in my life. I really like your outlook, to live each day in the present and try to be your best as each day happens. As I think about this, I realize that I may have been doing this lately - taking each day one at a time, doing the "have-to's" each day and then letting the rest of the day unfold as it may, but also accomplishing long-term goals in the process, at an enjoyable pace. I must say it's quite a satisfying way to live. :) Thanks for welcoming me to the Grit community- I'll be looking forward to your posts! Susan City Gal Moves to Oz Land


anotherkindofdrew
1/12/2010 2:05:36 PM

@Hank Will - bless you, man. How awesome is that. But so right. When I wrote those words...when I decided how to direct my new year I never once thought about how it might impact others and how if enough of us took it to heart and took it to task what effect it may have. So cool to even think about!


hank will_2
1/12/2010 1:48:05 PM

Andrew -- borrowing heavily from Arlo Guthrie: And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day adopting Andrew's 2010 caring-sharing outlook ... friends they may thinks it's a movement.


anotherkindofdrew
1/12/2010 8:57:01 AM

@Shannon - thank you for your warm words. It may not be the secret to life anymore if we all adopt it and try to make it our goal to live with open hands and open hearts.


s.m.r. saia
1/12/2010 8:35:32 AM

This was a very inspiring post - the secret to life I think. I'm going to try to adopt a little of this attitude myself. Thanks!


s.m.r. saia
1/12/2010 8:32:13 AM

This was a very inspiring post - the secret to life I think. I'm going to try to adopt a little of this attitude myself. Thanks!


anotherkindofdrew
1/11/2010 1:58:07 PM

@Cindy - Okay, you asked for it. I double dog dare you. (And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.) @Vickie - Thank you. I am amongst wonderful company and am equally glad to be here! @K.C. - Matthew 6:34. I know it well. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." And thank you for the warm welcome! I truly appreciate it. @Hank - Very glad to be here. Thank you for having me! Here's to many lent hands, a plethora of projects and the insight to take DIY pictures of them all!


kc compton_2
1/11/2010 1:51:54 PM

I say everything twice. I say everything twice. Sorry --KC


hank will_2
1/11/2010 12:12:19 PM

Hey Andrew -- Nice inspiration and thanks for taking the time to blog for us. I appreciate it. I agree and think folks lose so much in living for tomorrow and forgetting to lend a hand to neighbors. Thanks for pointing it out so eloquently. Hank


kc compton_2
1/11/2010 11:41:21 AM

Hi Andrew, What a neat blog. I'll take on that approach as well, trying to remember, though I can't cite chapter and verse, that the Bible tells us "Sufficient unto the day are the troubles therein ..." Which I've always interpreted as a forerunner to the Serenity Prayer. :=] Welcome to our community, and I'll look forward to your posts. K.C. Compton An Olde Gritty Editor


kc compton_2
1/11/2010 11:41:00 AM

Hi Andrew, What a neat blog. I'll take on that approach as well, trying to remember, though I can't cite chapter and verse, that the Bible tells us "Sufficient unto the day are the troubles therein ..." Which I've always interpreted as a forerunner to the Serenity Prayer. :=] Welcome to our community, and I'll look forward to your posts. K.C. Compton An Olde Gritty Editor


vickie
1/9/2010 5:25:46 PM

Andrew, I like your outlook for 2010 -take one day at a time and try to improve your outlook on your health and the people around you. I will take your dare also and try my best to focus on today's "task at hand." Glad your here. vickie


cindy murphy
1/9/2010 9:31:46 AM

Even though it wasn't a double-dog dare, I'll take it, Andrew. "I am going to focus on the task at hand, the day I am living in and the things I can change here and now." I can think of no better way to wake up each morning, and realize this is what is on the day's agenda. Welcome to the Grit Community. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View