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Farewell, 2011.

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us.”  ~ Hal Borland

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”  ~ Ellen Goodman

Three hundred and sixty-five days have passed us by since we waved a cheery good-bye to the old year. We promised ourselves that we would do better next year; improve our diet, exercise more, save more money, show kindness to one and all, learn to play that musical instrument, write that novel, clean out the wardrobes….etc., etc., etc….

How did you go with last year’s New Year’s Resolutions? Hmm…

If you’re anything like me, and probably the majority of the world’s population, the plans you made on New Year’s Day last year went right out the window on January 2nd!

I’ve realised the reason for my plans, or New Year’s Resolutions, all going pear-shaped so quickly ~ I make too many plans, to do too many things! (Message to Self: There are only so many hours in a day, you know!)

A few days ago I came across a quote, which for me says it all. I’d like to share it here, as it may also have the same profound impact on another person as it had on me. This New Year, this quote is my New Year’s Resolution ~

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” ~ Denis Waitley.

Tomorrow is just another day on the calendar, yet a day of new beginnings.

As you begin the New Year of 2012, my friends, I wish you well in everything you wish to achieve in your life, good health, wonderful friends and the love of family.


6 thoughts on “Farewell, 2011.

  1. Beautiful photos, Joanne. It’s so nice to see colorful flowers when all is gray and drab here in the Bogs.

    I did okay with some of my resolutions. Like you, I tend to try to take on too many things. Perhaps this year’s “Letting Go” theme will help with that.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you peace, health, and happiness. 🙂


    1. Thank you Robin. I thought the flowers were a very cheery note to end the year on.

      Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to reading a continuation of Life in the Bogs during 2012! 😀


  2. Happy New Year, Joanne! I am admiring your flowers and waves and blue skies, like Robin. Interesting to ponder which resolutions we’ve adopted and which we’ve thrown out the window. I like the part about not looking for flaws–but potential. That is rich.


    1. Happy New Year to you too, Kathy! This year I have again realised that it is foolish to make unrealistic promises to yourself. As much as I would love to think I could add more regular posts here, I know that January is a busy month in my life, so I must accept it for what it is and just add when I can. The potential begins in February! 🙂


  3. What a great post, i like it very much. Happy New Year, Joanne! I am admiring your flowers and waves and blue skies, like Robin. Keep up good work, thanks for the sharing.


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