Posted by: Jim E | December 30, 2011

A New Year…I Want To Walk These Days With You…

This is the last repost of the year…one that I wrote last year, to end a year of writing for this blog (now a total of 246 posts)…this is the end of a second year  (and the beginning of a third)…I find my thoughts about it are about the same…posting something about once a week has been fun…and will try it again, for another year…we will see…but these thoughts and the poem I end with today are still important to me…so I share them again this year…and will start the new year…brand new…Happy New Year…

I just looked back and found that I started this blog a year ago…December 30, 2009 was my first post…there have been 121 posts this year…when I started I thought, “One a week…I’ll try that.”…I guess there have been a few more than that…I really didn’t know how it would go…and I still don’t…will I run out of ideas?…will anyone care?…and, do “I” really care that much?…I still don’t know the answers to the first two questions…but found out that “I” do really care about the posts that I write from time to time…its fun…sometimes hard…but all the time worth the effort…to put down thoughts that are up there banging around…Oh, I know, you have those thoughts too…we just need an outlet…hopefully, some of my thoughts match yours…

I had to put away any thoughts or concerns about whether people would read what I write or not…that is the first thing I put aside…in the end, that is not why people write down their thoughts…if people do read, well, “that’s just gravy” as my Mom used to say…so if you read this…thanks for the gravy…and it does give me some degree of satisfaction that some may enjoy my ruminations…thanks again…

So for the next year???…well, I have found I can’t think like that…I will take it a day at a time…and see what comes up…life is so full of “stuff”…that some time, well most of the time, I don’t have the time to write and do some basic research into the subject so it will make some sense to those who may read…but I will continue to try…

So here we are the last days of December 2010…its December 30 today…one more day of the year…as we get older, years seem to pass by quickly…at least faster than they did as a child…I take each year as it comes…make plans but nothing too far ahead…I just don’t know about tomorrow…so I hang on to things loosely…but I am as upbeat about tomorrow as I am about today…life is so wonderful…to see what is going on…even if I am not a part of all of it…being a spectator is not all bad…

I have decided long ago that I would put my life in God’s hands…and see where He would take me…lots of surprises…lots of hard times…but more good times…no, they were great times…and those memories “kick-start” much of what I think about day to day…hopefully you are using your memories…they help to make life worthwhile…and full of good things…

I have a poem that gives some meaning to all that above…its a favorite of mine…got it years ago from somewhere…and have used it from time to time…it’s called “Unmapped Miles Ahead” by Joan Rae Mills…

I wrap up/ the last day of December./ Ahead hang months/ Of unmapped miles./ Inside me/ eagerness/ tangles with trepidation./ Questions/ rim my heart:/ What trial?/ What triumph?/ What will meet me tomorrow?

Creator of our chronology-/ You who set up seasons/ split light from night/ walked timelines in both directions-/ You know what’s waiting./

Hold my hours in Your hands/ tug me toward right/ tap my shoulder and whisper instructions/ Fill my heart with Your directions./ I want to walk these days/ with You.

This is where I live…what I want in life…“Hold my hours in your hands…tug me toward right…tap my shoulder and whisper instructions…fill my heart with Your directions…I want to walk these days with You.”…

Join me will you…let’s go for that walk in this New Year…Happy New Year…

 

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Responses

  1. Thanks Jim for the good reminder about how to view life. It was much needed today.

    • Sue…thanks for the comment…and may God bless you and yours in this New Year…Jim E

  2. Thanks Jim for all of your post’s, I may not have read all of them but I enjoyed all that I read. Looking forward to more. You have a very lucky family especially the Grand Kids. My Grandparents didn’t have the equipment to write a blog! FYI – Did you get the email from Matt Green? He is going to walk again!

    • RuthE…thanks…I’m looking forward to the new year writing here and there…and yup, I did get the email from Matt…already went to the site, he already has a picture there…and getting ready for the start…I wonder if he will go home every night or what he plans on doing…I can’t imagine him sleeping on the streets every night…but I haven’t read anything that specific yet…have a great New Year…and thanks for visiting once in a while…Jim E

  3. Happy New Year to you, Judie and your family! This was a great post and I certainly hope you continue to post this year. I love reading your posts and yes, some of my thoughts match yours (as you mentioned early in the post). And that is an amazing poem, almost on the verge of being a prayer. The last part is beyond wonderful (the part that starts “hold my hours in your hands….). So very true.
    Take care,
    Julie

    • Julie…and a Happy New Year to you and yours…I always have great hope for the new year…and will try to write something from time to time…have a few things on my desk now to do…but you know, with all “my cleaning, dusting, laundry, planning and cooking meals, dishes, etc…you know all those things that I get to do”…well, maybe not (Judie might have a different slant on that)…but I will try to write something once in a while…and I love that poem too…use it quite often…every year’s end anyway…

      So I will see you here and on Matt’s walk, I imagine…I have followed him the first few days…and there is something very different, not about him or his thoughts, those always seem good…but pictures of buildings and bridges do start looking the same…hopefully Matt’s creativity will jump-start my interest in this trek…the idea is great…we’ll see…regardless, I will see you there too…Jim E


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