New beginnings

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


Quotography’s prompt this week is Welcome to 2013, and it’s finally here! Are you happy 2012 is gone? Are you excited to begin a new year?

Yesterday brought middle Missouri a little snow to begin the year and I think that’s wonderfully appropriate. It’s just enough snow to cover the ground and make everything look fresh and clean. And what better way to face a new beginning than with a clean slate?

The previous year may be gone, but it’s probably not easily forgotten. I’m sure we all had highs as well as lows; accomplishments as well as set backs; joys as well as sorrows. Dreams as well as disasters. So what do we do with it all now that we’ve turned the calendar page?

Well, we can’t go back, that’s for sure. But we shouldn’t just forget the past now that we have a clean slate to work with for 2013. No, we need to embrace our experiences, learn from them, improve ourselves and move forward….taking it all with us.

But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean we should drag our head trash, bitterness, resentment and other negative karma baggage into our new beginning. Oh no…for better or worse, those experiences define who we are today. But, hopefully we’re all a little smarter, a little wiser and a whole lot more aware of the things we need to avoid!

One of my favorite movie quotes come from Claire Colburn in Elizabethtown:

You have five minutes to wallow in the delicious misery. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Discard it. And proceed.

Good advice as we begin a new year!

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10 thoughts on “New beginnings

  1. I am so with you, on not discarding the past. We learn so much from it.
    This is a wonderful post Lisa, and I truly enjoyed reading it.
    I also feel so fortunate to have met you here.
    Wishing you and your beautiful family a most wonderful New Year!


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