Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Say Goodbye Again To Another Year

Another Christmas is officially over (thank goodness) and we will soon be welcoming in a brand-new year.  A new year filled with hope and wonder and infinite possibilities.  A clean slate on which we will write the next 365 days.  I’m looking forward to a new year – one filled with laughter, happiness, joy, peace, love, creativity, commitment and harmony with unlimited accomplishments, dreams and goals attained.

I want to enjoy my life, to relish in the beauty and happiness of day-to-day living, without all of the negative influences, distractions, influx of depressing news, commentary, gossip, pessimism and hostility that swirls around all of us 24/7.  Do we really need twenty-four hours a day of droning news?  It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the left, or right, leaning news channels, it’s time to turn off the televisions, radios and computers and go outside, or read a book, or listen to music, or create something with your own two hands, or simply commune with nature in silence – spend time enjoying life without all of the negative artificial influences.

I have very deep, strong convictions, beliefs, values and opinions.  Just as I have the rights to my beliefs, I also believe that others have the right to their own beliefs as well.  Just because I respect everyone’s rights to embrace their own opinions, that does not mean that I want, need or desire to read or hear those said opinions, ad-nauseam, in my news, facebook or twitter feeds or in daily physical conversations and interactions.

At the inception of social media venues, the main focus was “social” -- interactions, friendships, common interests, meeting new people, developing new skills in a common exchange of ideas and expanding our views and social circles.   Sadly, over time, it has dissolved into a collective group demonstrating arrogant, narcissistic personality traits, including egotistical, conceited, grandiose behaviors prone to constant complaining, fighting, flaming, arguments, insults and other negative exchanges that I, for one, do not want or need in my life.  I have not personally heard of even one example of someone’s opinion being changed simply by someone else’s “social” tirade or argument. 

In the new year, I am going to spend less time staring at a computer screen or watching a television and spend more time in the real world.  I look forward to experiencing life – real life – with all of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, feelings and emotions connected with all the wonders that surround us daily.   I don’t want to just exist – I want to live.  It’s time for me to get out, explore, allow curiosity to flourish, broaden my spirituality, be open to new ideas and experiences, see the synchronicity in the random, step outside of my comfort zone, find passion for what I really love, challenge authority, challenge myself, evolve, change, express gratitude, to keep moving and never stop and always follow the road less traveled.

Every day is a new day, filled with new adventures.  Yesterday is just that – yesterday – and nothing can change it.   But, today – today is filled with endless possibilities.  It’s time to stop sleepwalking through life and to actually experience it.  It’s time to stop putting life on hold.   “Someday” will never arrive unless you strive to make it happen with every fiber of your being.  Do the things you love.  Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  Today is the day – so get up, get out and go do something!

Let go of the past.  Let go of expectations.  Forgive those who have hurt you.  Spend more time with the people who love you and support you.  Find the deeper connections instead of the superficial interactions that don’t feed your soul in the long-term.  Strive to do some good deed every day.   Learn something new every day.  Create something.   Never settle.  Live in the moment and relish the little personal moments that fuel your soul.

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

There is just so much beauty and wonder and knowledge all around us if we simply take the time to look and to “live-the-questions” rather than reaching for “ready-made answers.”  It is time for me to follow my bliss and live my best life, day after day, allowing my life to speak for itself.  

The purpose of life is to live it, isn’t it?   

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To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm

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About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

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