Random thoughts going through my mind as the New Year begins.
Of course, we all usually make the same promises to exercise more and stay fit. For me, I need to try to not waste food. That is a huge sore point of mine, wasting food that I purchase that goes bad before I can cook it.
I saw one of my favorite movies (again) tonight on TV - “When Harry met Sally” - genius movie. I relate to it every time I watch it. I just love it. It ties in with the New Year - as that is the final scene in the movie, ringing in the New Year. I just love hearing Frank Sinatra singing “It Had to be You” as Billy Crystal starts running to find Meg Ryan in the emotionally-charged, final scene. It always gives me goose bumps.
The following poem I have kept since seeing it and cutting it out of a New York newspaper back in 2002. It is entitled “After A While”, written by Veronica A. Shoffstall. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I never get tired of referring to it.
“After A While”
After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul;
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning;
And company doesn’t mean security; And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises;
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open - with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child;
And you learn to build all your roads on today - because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans; And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight; After a while, you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much;
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul - instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers; And, you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn;
With every goodbye you learn.
My best wishes for you all in the New Year.