Holiday Aftermath

Victim of my cleaning frenzy.

The Christmas decorations are down and packed away, pine needles no longer litter the floor, and  since all my friends were too exhausted to go out tonight, I find myself with some time to process the holiday aftermath. 

My body can’t handle anymore sugar, anymore alcoholic beverages, anymore excessive living.  My wallet can’t handle anymore swipes of the credit card.    Sounds like it’s time for some New Years resolutions, right?

Perhaps, but I feel like January 1 resolutions are disingenuous.  People make tenuous promises based on the premise of a new year and a fresh start.  Inevitably, the vast majority of them fail because they were based on a date and not a change of heart.

I’ve been mulling over a quote Pastor Felix posted on his Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago.  

“We must be secure enough to admit our mistakes, smart enough to learn from them, strong enough to correct them and disciplined enough not to repeat them.”

If I can claim to have any resolution this year, it’s all wrapped up in that statement.  I took a good, hard look at myself in the mirror tonight and wondered, am I strong enough to do what’s actually best for me instead of what feels best?  What kind of woman do I want to be?

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16 comments on “Holiday Aftermath”
  1. Awww, I really like this photo…beauty out of chaos! 😀

    1. Yes, chaos makes for interesting photography.

  2. nigel says:

    No resolution for me this year, still working on the previous two years 🙂

    1. Nice, Nigel. It’s probably not a good idea to add resolutions when there are still old things to accomplish. 🙂

  3. I hear ya about the resolutions – best to be aware and work towards what you would like to be without rigid rules … My resolution has always been – “Everything in moderation… including moderation!”

    1. Ha! It’s like one of my favorite quotes, “You can’t be good all the time!”

  4. Lisa Dills says:

    It is a great shot of a sad fact of life – things break…

    I love the quote as well. Beautiful insight into a wonderful new year.

    1. Thank you, Lisa…I hope you have a great New Year!

  5. Jolene, I couldn’t agree more with your post. I also love your close-ups. -Kim

    1. Thanks, Kim…I love all the little details that often get missed.

  6. I’m also not into New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s because of circumstances beyond your control or not, it’s always frustrating when you can’t fulfill them.

    That quote is excellent.

    From what I know of you through reading your blog, I think you can do anything you set your mind to.

    1. Let’s hope I can, Lisa! This year promises to be a busy one. But, busy is good!

  7. Mike says:

    I think you’re asking the right questions and that is a good sign. And I like the picture. You seem to have a talent for finding the beauty in small things.

    1. Thanks, Mike…I certainly keep trying. 🙂

  8. dpscott says:

    Not only do I really like this picture, but I completely agree with the words that follow. Very inspiring.

    1. Thanks, David. May this year be a great one for all of us! We all need to go on a photo walk soon.

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