Sunday Scribblings: Change

I love the change that comes with a new year. All of my annual failures are wiped clean in January (so appropriate, don't you think?). So December then becomes a month of reflection and evaluation. How far have I gotten on last year's goals? What's going to be different in my approach?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, blogging has changed my life. Had it not been for this blog, which really was a happy accident, I would be trying to nail down the same lame writing and fitness goals. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Why has this year been the best year ever? Besides the fact that my family is healthy and happy, I've had a huge change in my outlook about how to make life changes. Change, real change, comes from within. But I'm not suggesting I had an Oprah-like "Aha" moment. It was a Seinfeld moment.

Remember the Seinfeld episode called "The Opposite"? From

George comes to the realization that he should try to do the opposite of everything. As he does, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents' house.

Not that I equate my life to George's, but I did what he did--I rejected my natural tendencies and did the opposite. I wrote when I was tired. Mailed poems to publishers despite my fear of failure (or is it my fear of success). Started working out at 5 a.m., five days a week. There's something to be said for turning off that 8-track player constantly playing "no" and "I can't" in my head.

So this year, I feel like I won Willy Wonka's golden ticket (I'm referring to the original movie and not the Johnny Depp remake). What could I possibly do that could top 2006? I don't know yet but I can't wait to find out and share it with you.

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I can't wait, either! I have enjoyed being one of your cyberfriends this year. As Ralph Cramden said to Alice, "You're the best!"
Elspeth said…
Unlimited room in 2007 for even greater things.
Kamsin said…
Did blogger just eat my comment? Trying again!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas and wonderful, successfilled New Year. I'm excited to see what 2007 has in store for you!
January said…
Wishing you all the best in 2007.
With an attitude like that I'm sure you'll have a great 2007!
Anonymous said…
Wonderful post, January! Like you, blogging has changed my life for the better. Getting to "know" you has been a bonus! xo
Susannah Conway said…
I know that next year your poetry will reach an even wider audience, J, as you are such a talented woman! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your wee family :-) big hugs xo
Becca said…
A wonderful, uplifting post! I agree, blogging has been a life changing experience for me. And I like the idea of saying "yes" instead of "no" -that's the way positive change comes about.

Happy Christmas, and may 2007 bring even more "Yes's!" in your life :)
Writer Bug said…
Happy holidays January!
NuttersNotes said…
Yes! Yes! Yes! ...everything the previous commenters have said and more. It sounds like you have gotten to a place where you can actually benchmark where you were a year ago and, even though you may or may not have made goals, you can see the progress which will spur you on for more. I am so happy that you are proclaiming 2006 the best year ever. I thought 2003 was for me...until 2004 came along and gave it a run for the money. 2005 and 2006 have been OK...we'll see what 2007 brings and it may take some work. You, on the other hand, have some momentum. Run like heck when the wind is at your back. Very happy for you.
rubyslippers said…
This is such a great post. I love this idea--do the opposite of what you would normally do--I think I'll try this for 2007 in the areas where I feel blocked!! Congrats and Cheers to you for all of your 2006 committments and accomplishments!
Emily said…
This is very inspiring. Keep on for 2007!

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