Happy New Year! Going Forward!

Dear Reader,

I know.  I know.  It’s been so long since I last wrote!  I hang my head in shame.  😦  

Every time I feel ashamed of previous behavior I remember a simple yet inspiring phrase I once heard.  And that magical phrase is “going forward”.  To me, it’s sort of like the change from calling the sacrament “Confession” to “Reconciliation”.  With Confession, the emphasis is on what you did wrong.  With Reconciliation, there is still the element of wrongdoing, but the emphasis is shifted to making it right.  Likewise, going forward implies something not so good in the past, but the emphasis is on better actions for the future.  So, going forward, my goal is to be a blogging winner (not the blogging loser of yesteryear!).

Here goes…

Recently, I found myself in a bit of a cooking rut. The meals I prepared for my family were disappointing even though these were tried and true recipes. When I stopped to reflect on why this would be happening, I realized that I was robotically following recipes. And what’s the one thing a robot cannot do? You guessed it! LOVE! At the risk of sounding corny, love really is the most important ingredient. That holds true in just about everything we do whether it is parenting, teaching, driving, shopping, cooking, blogging. As much as you may know about any of these things, if you are not truly present and paying attention, you’re lucky if it turns out the way you like.  So, when you find yourself in a rut, any sort of rut, just ask yourself one question… Did I remember to add LOVE?

Happy New Year!  I send LOVE to each one of YOU!  (Do you see what I did there?)  😉