Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birthday Omphaloskepsis

I think one of the reasons some people detest birthdays is they frequently feel as though it is a knell of more time past, and less time ahead.  For me, it is a marker of progression, a clear point from which I can regard the previous trip around the sun, and determine what I most desire for the next one.

A big focus for me this year is going to be joy.  The previous year of my life has been filled with not a little doubt, pain, and fear.  And while I have had ample reason to feel these things, many people I know and admire would meet these circumstances with considerably more aplomb than I have.  This year, I wish to learn by their example and take life in stride.

Another focus for this year will be frugality.  I pay my bills on time and never want for food or gas, however I have literally no reserves, nothing set aside for the future, or even for rainy days (and Mondays - they always get me down!).  This WILL change.

Finally, I am going to "enhance my calm."  As I face the reality of two children becoming a part of my life, I know that patience and understanding are key to the development of any child.  I wish to be a positive force for love and good in these kids' lives, and so... patience for this padawan will be the name of the game.

I think that's plenty for the next trip around the sun.  Let's see how I've done on the next November the twentieth!


  1. What lovely and sensible goals for your New Year. I admire your conciseness and clarity of purpose. It is those things that will help you achieve your goals. I do have one thing that may help.

    Charlie and I put ourselves through a financial overhaul a few years ago. This really helped us and perhaps it will help you, Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. His lessons are very straight-forward and get you going in the right direction. I think it will help you get to the place where you can have the savings you want and need.

    Congratulations on another birthday. I, too, love my birthday. It's a good time to celebrate what you have accomplished and what is to come. Good luck!

  2. Thanks, Elana! I will look into that book, because just telling myself, "I need to save money" has not been as effective as you might thing.