Welcome to 2013. Tom and I went for a walk earlier this afternoon and I made the open-ended comment, “I wonder what this year will bring.” So many possibilities and so many unknowns, regardless of how much you plan.
We are ringing in the new year in Switzerland and I’ll post more about that when we get home to Paris and I can load photos onto my laptop. But we were fortunate to spend New Year’s Eve at Michael and Jess’ apartment in the small village of Hunenberg. Although we were all tempted with a variety of New Year’s Eve activities like joining 200,000 others in Zurich for their fireworks, in the end we all decided to stay put. And what an unexpected time it was! We had a small meal of Swiss fondue and salad, a fire going, card games, knitting, and making snowboard adjustments. And we helped the slowly moving clocks inch their way toward midnight by Facetiming with family and friends.
About 10 minutes before 12, the church bells started to chime. In every direction. And the closer we got to midnight, the more bells began to peal. It was SO COOL. There had been a few fireworks going during the evening from a variety of places near and far. But at midnight the bells went quiet for what we think was about a minute and then they all started ringing again, this time accompanied by fireworks everywhere, including in the little church yard about 50 meters from our balcony. And these were not your average snake and glow worm fireworks. They were impressive! We toasted with champagne, the kids jumped on their bubble wrap (thank goodness some people had sent Christmas packages lined with bubble wrap!) and when the fireworks wrapped up about 20 minutes later, those in the church yard sent up paper sky lanterns…one…then a second…then a third. It. was. beautiful. And with that, 2012 came to a close.
Yesterday on the train from Luzern back to Hunenberg, we talked resolutions. There wasn’t much mojo behind the conversation. Felt a little forced, in fact. Then I realized resolutions tend to be about setting goals and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. And to be totally honest, I don’t think we can imagine living further outside the comfort zone at this point in our lives. It’s no wonder the idea of creating a list of “What do we want to accomplish this year?” resolutions was followed by a feeling of, “Are you kidding me??”
Don’t get me wrong. We have all sorts of improvements we can always be making as individuals and as a family. No doubt about that. But big goals for the year? Nope. I think we’ve had our fill.
For me, I tend to spend a lot of time in the long-term….planning, planning, planning. Great asset but it can, at times, keep me from enjoying the daily moments. So that’s where my focus is going to be this year.
Does anyone else have the picture book, The Three Questions based on a story by Leo Tolstoy? It’s a favorite in our home and a story that is quoted frequently. The young boy, Nikolai, has gone to the wise turtle, Leo, to get the answers to these three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” Leo doesn’t answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai’s visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself. I don’t want to spoil the end but the answers to those questions are going to help me in my quest to enjoy each day to the fullest in 2013.
I wish the same for each of you.