Monday, December 21, 2009

One Day at a Time

I'm realizing more and more what an exhausting time of year this is for people. So much pressure. So little time. And the pressure doesn't necessarily stop with the new year.

One year, many years ago, I showed my friend, Eric, my list of New Year's resolutions. He laughed at me because I listed some outrageous number of them... 13 I think. He told me that was ridiculous to have so many goals, and that I'd never accomplish them because I don't have just one or 2 to focus on and get done. I believe he had 1, maybe 2, New Year's resolutions.

He was right. I had too many, I became overwhelmed, and I'm sure I didn't realize many of them. However, life had other things in store for me. Eric was killed by a drunk driver the day after Valentine's. My life changed forever, and growth occurred throughout the rest of the year in ways I could never had imagined. He still touches my life today, and I no longer make long, lofty lists of goals. I take life one day at a time, moving forward, and always looking forward. Life is too short. I try to squeeze everything I can out of every day.

Eric and I shared a birthday. It's coming up very soon. Right before the new year. Each year, I think of him, and of how fleeting life is. And I honor his memory by being the best I can each day.

I *do* believe that 2010 will be amazing. I do have goals. But not New Year's resolutions. I have goals that I've been working on, that I will continue to work on.


Rebecca said...

Thank you for sharing this. It's a great reminder that goals are important to have, but you still have to remember to live in the here and now.

KanYoFuse said...

Great post Robyn. An early Happy Birthday to you and Eric. Here's to each day of 2010 being fun, fabulous, and amazing.

michiganhemp said...


Setting goals are important, but we have to remember to keep them reachable. When we set too many, or too big of goals, we are only setting ourselves up for disappointment. I'm so glad that Eric left you with the want to make everyday the best that it can be. If we don't actively live, then we're just going through the motions. I am convinced that 2010 is going to the best year yet. With huge discoveries and opportunities around every corner, and I am so glad that I will be by your side throughout the wonderful journey.

designsbykari said...

Wonderful post Robyn. What a great message, I too choose goals rather than resolutions. Less let down when life throws a wrench.

Good luck to you in the new year and Happy Early Birthday.

Seville83 said...

I really appreciate you sharing this, it couldn't have been all that easy.

I agree with Rebecca, you do have to live in the here and now. Life is short.


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