Friday, 31 December 2010

For Auld Lang's Syne.... A little reflection...

New Year's Eve. Tomorrow will be my second Blogversary. I can hardly believe it is two years since I took my first tentative steps in blogland. In that time I've made connections with some wonderful people and found real friends.

Like many other people, the coming year is going to be a challenging one for me, it will probably mean changes in my life, and quite a bit of 'Carpe Diem', I expect!

This Christmas, as usual, I watched one of my favourite films, Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life'. At the end of the film there is a quote which always makes me cry, and which seems appropriate for this post. George Bailey (James Stewart) reads out the inscription written in the copy of 'Tom Sawyer', given to him by Clarence, his guardian Angel -

'Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love Clarence.'

Last Christmas I was sent this list. I liked it so much I posted it and had some very positive feedback. So, I make no apologies for reiterating these wise words
, as they helped me a lot during the past year.

1: When in doubt - just take the next small step.

2: Life is too short to waste hating anyone.
3: Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
4: Make peace with your past so it won't screw-up the present.
5: Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
6: Children get only one childhood.
7: Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
8: Be eccentric now - Don't wait for old age to wear purple! (Yay!)
9: No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
10: Frame every so-called disaster with these words. 'In five years, will this matter?'
11: Forgive everyone everything.
12: The best is yet to come.

I wish you all peace, joy and contentment in 2011. May it be a magical and creative year for you. x


  1. Hi Jules
    I have just copied and pasted that list of yours. I need it to too help me along my way. Life is never simple, we can only try our best. I am certain reminders help. I shall need to look at it often.
    I wish you all the very best in the coming year.
    hugs jillxx

  2. Thanks for posting the list. It's all so true and the best bit is the last line - The best is yet to come! I'm going to print it out. I think I need these wise words around me at the moment too.
    I wish you all the best for 2011 Jules. I hope you will have lots of support through any challenges ahead of you.
    Remember you also have all your online friends here if you ever need our support!
    Take care
    Barb x

  3. Hi Jules! Happy New Year my dear friend!!
    I love the list. Especially the eccentric one. I think that is me to a T! hee,hee,hee.
    So glad for your friendship. Wishing you the very best of everything in the new year!
    friends always and lots of hugs too!

  4. Hi Jules,
    these lists remind us to be kind to ourselves, we are all just trying to live in a complicated world. I love the quote - you only need one friend..........

  5. Dear Jules,

    What a pleasure it has been to get to know you over the last year! I have enjoyed your varied posts and have really appreciated your thoughtful comments to my blog.

    Congratulations on two years of blogging! That is amazing. I'm at 1 1/2 years myself. I have to say, it has been one of my better endeavors and I'm sure you feel the same about yours. It's quite amazing where it leads us.

    I love the positive thoughts you have posted for the new year and agree with all of them. I especially believe in using all the good linens, all the best dishes NOW...absolutely no sense in hoarding them for better times..the best times are right now.

    Happy 2011 Jules!


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