Cherishing the old

New Year is often a time when we want to start anew – and throw out the old.

But it’s not just a time for re-invention. It’s also a time to cherish the old treasures within us; to rise above petty things; to improve what we can and — above all – – a time to embrace ourselves with all our faults and wonderfulness.

Do you make resolutions at this time of year?

I don’t… because they go in one year and out the other!

36 responses

  1. Well said on the resolutions. I stopped making them a long time ago. Love the photo. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and Happy New Year.

    Thoughts in Progress


    January 1, 2011 at 16:23

  2. I love looking at all the “old treasures” in my life, and hope they’ll come along with me into the New Year. I have no desire, fortunately, to “reinvent” myself in the New Year. A bit of tweaking perhaps, a splash of paint, and a sprinking of spice would be nice. I have some wishes for the new year, but no grand resolutions.

    Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and creative 2011!


    January 1, 2011 at 17:14

  3. If I make any, I keep them to myself. They are normally something small but something I’d like to change in myself, like a bad habit or something of that nature. Have a wonderful 2011 Lady Fi and I look forward to seeing many more of your gorgeous photos!


    January 1, 2011 at 17:46

  4. Amy

    I do make resolutions but I don’t openly discuss them so much anymore. I think it’s good to have goals and the things I do talk about with others are changing things we can change..
    Lovely photos…is this a church??
    Happy New Year Fi!!


    January 1, 2011 at 17:52

    • Yes, this is our local church. It’s 800 years old.


      January 1, 2011 at 18:52

  5. Not really. I think they are just something to cause stress when you don’t achieve them.


    January 1, 2011 at 17:52

  6. Hmm…. I am pondering a resolution even though I hadn’t planned it and don’t think I need it – I mean, you can start doing something at any given minute and stick to it – but it’s possible that I’m going to do this thing once a day this year…. Still a few hours left to think about it and get started today. I just might do it.


    January 1, 2011 at 18:11

  7. Blu

    Yes I do use this time of year to get myself back on track, and get my head into gear!


    January 1, 2011 at 18:53

  8. Clive

    Best wishes to you and all the family for 2011!

    No, we don’t make any resolutions – we just look forward to the future and are thankful for all that has gone before and the progress made in previous years – we treasure that!


    January 2, 2011 at 00:50

  9. I love what you said about embracing our faults and our wonderfulness, I will try and see how it works.
    Best wishes for you and your loved ones, LadyFi

    No resolutions for me, I am trying something new, a word for the whole year and I chose: Believe, I am curious to see where it will lead me 😉


    January 2, 2011 at 02:07

  10. The light on the church tower roof and vane is like an illumination, Fi. It seems to raise my eyes and my heart as well. A good image to begin 2011 – resolutions or not.


    January 2, 2011 at 02:56

  11. That’s a beautiful photo, Lady Fi, and I really like your thoughts on resolutions. Trying to do the best we can is a good place to start.


    January 2, 2011 at 03:04

  12. Well said. There is much to cherish. Beautiful blog. Thank you for you.


    January 2, 2011 at 03:11

  13. Ah, very clever Fi….’in one year and….” 🙂
    No I don’t make New Year resolutions – can’t keep ’em! – Happy New Year to you. – Dave


    January 2, 2011 at 08:35

  14. That is a fantastic photograph, Fiona.

    And no, I have stopped making resolutions. Makes much more sense setting goals as I go along.


    January 2, 2011 at 13:21

  15. Nice capture!!
    Only goals no resolutions


    January 2, 2011 at 13:47

  16. Not yet..I am still pondering what they should be versus what is realistic. In one year and out the other..good one..I smiled:)


    January 2, 2011 at 15:27

  17. I agree the old treasures are much better than silly resolutions.


    January 2, 2011 at 18:26

  18. lol! I like that.

    I stopped making resolutions for a long time. Then I decided I needed them to help me jump-start things I want to do. I am careful about them, though, in that I set realistic goals and reevaluate as time goes on.


    January 2, 2011 at 23:21

  19. The ‘resolutions’ I’ve made this year are the same ones I made (and *mostly* kept) last year. Every month, I would like to:
    * have a weekend away
    * do something crafty
    * bake or cook something I haven’t made before
    * take a long walk
    * write something I’m proud of


    January 2, 2011 at 23:36

  20. So this is your church! Beautiful to look at
    any time of the year…
    Happy New One to you!!


    January 2, 2011 at 23:42

  21. This is perfection and funny. I usually resolve to not make a resolution…and I fail! I want to learn how to play chess. I also really love the Emerson quote. That’s perfection!


    January 3, 2011 at 00:38

  22. I don’t make resolutions per se, but I do set goals and one of them I’ve already started on. Cleaning out my house of everything except what I need, starting with the closets. As each bag full of junk leaves the house, I feel lighter and lighter.

    Happy New Year!


    January 3, 2011 at 00:42

  23. I love your thoughts on this…rising above the petty things…cherishing the treasures within ourselves…embracing ourselves, faults and all..priceless..I don’t make resolutions but I do pick a word for each year…in years past I have picked resilience, courage and confidence…still pondering on my word for this year…Happy 2011 to you and yours. XX


    January 3, 2011 at 02:40

  24. I don’t make resolutions. I more of a take it a day at a time kind of person.


    January 3, 2011 at 04:35

  25. the light in this photo is so warm, much like you heart. wishing you a very happy new year! may love and light shadow you always. one love.


    January 3, 2011 at 05:16

  26. Funny! My husband will love that pun. (He is opposed to Resolutions!)…. I do think about the past year and the things I hope for in the new one.

    Happy New Year to all of you.


    January 3, 2011 at 05:20

  27. wonderful photo
    I don’t make resolutions
    sometimes I choose a word as a companion to teach me
    sometimes I take a look at things i want to focus on and then take action

    wishing you a wonderful day and then the next


    January 3, 2011 at 05:47

  28. Your picture positively glows. It’s stunning.

    Sending big hugs and best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year. Thanks for the past your of memorable photos. I look forward to seeing the world through your eye in the coming year.

    Cheers, jj


    January 3, 2011 at 07:02

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    January 3, 2011 at 10:55

  30. Ha, I am not a resolution person either. I try to stay with written goals, but those can be challenging as well.


    January 3, 2011 at 12:53

  31. I don’t either.


    January 3, 2011 at 20:03

  32. Lovely shot of the church roof.

    Resolutions are stressful. Therefore, I resolved some years ago to stop making them.

    And I’ve managed to keep that one!

    Happy New Year to you and yours.


    January 3, 2011 at 21:32

  33. Happy New Year! About resolutions I can say:”I never made, never make and never will make resolutions in January.But when I make a terrible mistake somewhere in the year I promise myself never to do that again.”


    January 4, 2011 at 11:40

  34. Love your pun at the end!


    January 5, 2011 at 02:30

  35. Great pun!

    And the very best to you and yours for the coming year!


    January 7, 2011 at 11:39

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