Happy New Year???

3 Jan

Well just like last year it has taken me a couple of days to get around to pondering the fact that another year has ended and a new one just begun… right now a few things are centre in my mind:

  • As I write I am aware of significant fires burning out of control in my home town, only a couple of kilometres from where
    The view from my sister's driveway... water bombing planes

    The view from my sister’s driveway… water bombing planes (Photo: Scott Olver)

    I spent much of my life. Family and friends evacuated overnight, or are packed ready to enact bushfire survival plans. Others are a safe distance but breathing smoke filled air…

  • Dave flies out tonight for another journey overseas… and in light of recent plane tragedies my dislike of flying is increasing… I’m conscious of those whose lives have been drastically altered as a result of plane disasters, as I see news of recovering bodies and plane wreckage retrieval…
  • Members of my family are sick – most with the kind that will get better on their own, gastroenteritis is always fun… but at the same time my younger brother’s diagnosis of motor neurone disease has not changed, and my older brother is continuing to have hassles with his leg…
  • As one patient today reminded me (again and again actually…) the news is filled with horrible stories…
  • And then of course work today included a trip to the morgue…

Sometimes I’m reminded of just how fragile life is.

But then I also think that I need to sometimes refocus my attention:

  • The fires are horrible but I’m thankful to all those who are currently fighting them – by land or by air (some at risk of losing their own homes as they defend others). I’m thankful that as far as I’m aware right now, my family and friends are safe. I’m thankful that there are places of refuge for those who need it, and many offers of assistance from across the nation
  • I’m thankful that Dave has the opportunity to pursue challenging employment and research opportunities, even if that does take him overseas.

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    This crazy bunch are my family

  • I’m thankful that I have my family. I realise just how blessed I’ve been. Other than my Grandparents, the entire family on my Mum’s side could have gathered together – and most did – there were 49 of us present! Other than my Grandfather, my Dad’s side of the family is also still intact (although we didn’t gather this year). It’s really quite amazing when I think about it.
  • This year I finish my graduate year and commence my career as an Intensive Care Nurse – I can’t wait!

So I guess what I’m thinking as I consider what 2015 might hold, I’m reminding myself to think about where I put my focus.

The world will forever give me plenty of opportunity to focus on the negatives in life. Headlines will continue to scream bad news, I can’t change that fact. I can however, change my attitude. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately (after I had a particularly bad attitude day… just ask Dave 😉 ). I don’t want to be a person who focuses on the negatives. I want to be a person who focuses on the positive. I want to be a person who looks beyond faults and sees good. I want to be a person who others want to be around, one who is joyful, enthusiastic, peaceful and positive.

I’m not claiming it’s going to be easy. In fact, if past experience is anything to go by, some days it will be downright hard. But you have permission to remind me at those times to refocus my attitude, to look for the good, and to embrace life – whatever may come my way in 2015.

So, given that New Year’s Resolutions never seem all that successful (although on that note, I plan to continue trying to be healthy…. BUPA Tour Down Under ride and the Noosa Triathlon are on my list for this year for those who’ve been asking), this year I’m just going to do what I think is the best thing… take each day as it comes and focus on the positives. If need be I’ll take each hour as it comes… or maybe some days it will be each minute… but regardless in each minute, of each day I’m going to endeavour to look at the good – in life, in people, in circumstances. I acknowledge though that this task is probably some days just not going to be possible in my own strength – and I’m thankful again that each minute of each day I walk with someone who gives me reason to be positive, thankful and peaceful – a Saviour who sacrificed His life so I could live – in this life and the next.

So this year – hold me to this:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message (MSG) – Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

As 2015 kicks off, my prayer for you and for me is that we can find reason to be joyful, even if some days we have to look REALLY hard.

Be Joyful

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