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2015-01-01

Happy New Year!

Carolyn B. Edwards

My momma warned me years ago that as you grow older time seems to speed up. She was so right! It seems like 2014 went past in a blur, bringing to mind a slight mistranslation of yet another cliche: the older I get the behinder I get!
I have reached the age when I simply must look at my To Do List and do some serious cutting. Some of those projects are just never going to get done.
In the meantime, I look forward to whatever 2015 brings:
• Traveling. Who needs an exotic trip to Panama and the canal? I will enjoy my root canal in sunny downtown Pipe Creek. What a wonderful way to start the year.
• Making my "final arrangements." I got my headstone ordered last year, so this is the logical next step. Already made my appointment with those nice folks down at Grimes so I can check this little item off my To Do List.
• Practicing mindfulness. Multi-tasking simply robs me of the joy to be found in focusing on the moment. I simply cannot watch TV, play free cell on my iPad and read a book at the same time.
• Finding my Bible verse for the year. I know the perfect verse is out there, waiting for me to discover it!
• Landscaping my back yard. Will this be the year? I hope 2015 will see that flagstone patio installed.
• Completing Year Two of my ministry training program. I'm halfway done with the 3-year course of study, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
• Being a better friend. I don't know why I'm just not good at this. Perhaps it's that I think too much of my own almost perfect self!
• Expressing gratitude to many people who touch my life and the lives of others, even in little ways. We can't all hand out $100 bills in random acts of kindness, but we can say thank you for kindnesses done.
• Listening to what people are saying to me. Really listening.
• Spending my money more carefully and purposefully.
• Expanding my cultural limits by attending a few symphonies and ballets.
• Following my friend Bob Cowan's Manifesto for a Simple Life: eat less, move more; buy less, make more; find a quiet spot every day and breathe.
• Remembering to dance!