And then, well, it's not that the enthusiasm runs out, but the weather gets cold, the things that were in the planning stages in committees during the first half of the year need action in the second half of the year, other things crop up, people get sick, life gets busy. The second half of the year is the business end of the year - not a time for new schemes, but a time to get stuff done.
And then it starts over again.
So, here we are. The first day 2011. I don't have any madcap schemes brewing as yet. But there is still time. The blog, the Facebook account and the email to the cooking magazine all happened spontaneously in mid-January, just after my birthday, so something crazy may yet happen!
In terms of a deeper perspective on the year, I am tempted at one level to write a big list of my hopes, dreams, goals, plans and yes, New Year's resolutions and send it out into cyberspace. I DO love a list and I DO love to plan!! And it would be all too easy to fill every moment of every day. Indeed I could overfill a week with ease, such are the possibilities.
But I know that I am at the threshold of the fresh, enthusiastic part of the year. I need to remember that just four days ago I was at the very end of the business end of the year and could barely drag myself around for tiredness.
And I know that I face another year of transition, as both of our boys will be in school full time for the first time. I think that most of the thinking/work on this subject is done. But I imagine there will be some new, strange and difficult moments to navigate.
And my thoughts keep returning to a friend's wise, wise advice to keep a "lazy diary" - making sure we don't over-commit in the early part of the year because things will take longer than we expect, we WILL get sick at some stage in the year and we want to leave time in our lives to respond to the people and the opportunities that God gives us - things nowhere to be found in a year planner on the 1st January, hard as we might try to plan for all eventualities.
It's not that I don't feel a sense of optimism for the year to come. I stand here looking out on 2011 with great hope. But this year marks the beginning of a new phase with no small children at home or routine paid employment to head out to each day. I don't want to be overcautious nor do I plan to be lazy in the true sense of the word (tempting as that big, lovely tin of T2 English Breakfast tea leaves I got for Christmas and the new list on my sidebar...oops! there's a list!!!...of books I'd like to be reading during 2011 might be.) At the other end of the spectrum there is the danger of over-progamming the week. There is PLENTY I could be doing but in the end, being spread too thinly helps no-one and leaves no room to respond to the unexpected.
So, here we are - 1st January 2011. No lists. Well, there is a list (besides the book list.) It's a prayer list - a list of options and possibilities to be prayed through. And I pray that by February I'll have a clearer sense of what this year is going to look like - and if I don't then I am happy for this to take longer.
Happy New Year.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.