New Year’s Resolutions have been around for a long time. Four thousand years ago the Babylonians made this day a time to pay off all debts. The ancient Romans celebrated their god Janus, who looked both back and forward, the past and the future. He was charge of doors and the transitions between the stages of life and the shifts of eras.
When I was young I tried to make new year’s resolutions, but I had children, and then I had children and a job. I was busy. Eventually the children grew up, got married and have children – and jobs. Everyone is busy!
But now we are locked-down. That’s the new description of our life. I’m too old to have a job, so what do I do?
- I’m combing through my substantial collection of cookbooks and making new treats.
- Every month or so I vacuum the floors.
- We’re watching old TV shows. Midsommer Murders and All Creatures Great and Small (the old series.)
- We take naps.
- I’m combing through the 500 pages of The Whole Seed Catalog. It’s tough to choose which seeds I’ll want for spring planting.
- I have a walking regime with my husband. Thousands of steps!
- I’m watching the birds in the garden. I’ve never paid attention to the birds.
- We’re zooming with all the children and their children and their children! 3 great-granddaughters! And we get to visit No. 1 son on the porch.
- I’m knitting a Prayer Shawl. And praying ‘we’ll all muddle through some how.”
- I’m having a good time. Most of the time.
Do you have any new year’s resolutions? Or are you just looking for things to do?