Those who know me well know that I am a very literal person. If someone tells me they lost twenty pounds I take it as literally twenty pounds. Not twenty-one or nineteen but twenty.
Maybe that is why I am reluctant to say Happy New Year to people. I feel that any day of the year can start a new year for anyone. Why do we wait until January first to decide to exercise or lose weight or quit smoking? On November 15, 2005, I had a Happy New Year because my precious Isabella was born. On February 12, 2006, I had another Happy New Year when I spent my first smoke free day in four years on the way to where I am now, nearly eleven months off cigarettes.
So, if I don’t say Happy New Year to you don’t be insulted. Instead, let me know what new years are happening in your lives as they come about.
And now for something completely different (any Monty Python fans out there?). My tag line has been, Don’t believe everything you think." Kathy Reichs meant that as a comic line but it is very true. So many of us have negative tapes in our heads telling us lies about ourselves. The tapes say things like, "You are not good enough!" Or, "You are so fat you should be ashamed to be seen in public!" "Why don’t you just die! You would be better off dead!"
These are lies straight out of hell! No matter what your past God created you and loves you as you are! When one of those tapes starts I want you to think of what I have just written and say to yourself, "I am worthy of being alive! God created me in His image and wants me to have a life worth living! God came down in the form of a man and hung on a cross for me – for meeee!"
I have been wanting to write on this subject for a long time now and a conversation I had recently prodded me to finally do it. Start your new year today with a conversation with God. Ask Him to guide your way. You won’t regret it. I promise.
Wishing all of you many Happy New Years in 2007, gail