What will you do this New Year?

I asked a preschooler, “What will you do this New Year?” He said, “I don’t think I am done getting old yet so I really should not get new.”

Hope you can piece together your new year to make it what you want.

Hoping you can piece together your new year to make it what you want….

2015 is a new opportunity for everyone. We make resolutions, we look for new beginnings and we hope our past failures will not follow us. Out with the old and in with the new is a common thought as we declutter not only our physical spaces but our internal souls. As we look at starting fresh and imagining who we want to be, it is not wrong to embrace the past and not rush into making changes where they don’t belong.

Some of us don’t need a lot of new in our lives. We like many aspects of our lives and don’t want to have a new microwave oven with so many buttons that we can’t remember which one to push. We don’t desire a computer that keeps asking us to update its operating system. However, the world moves fast. There is now smart clothing we can wear that will tell us which muscles we are using and how efficient our movements are. There are outlets that monitor our electricity usage and allows us to shut things off from across the country with a phone. We can even feed our dog with an iPhone app. If you are not good at throwing with accuracy, there has been a garbage can invented that will move to match the trajectory of what you throw at it. New inventions to solve problems are something we will always have.

The trick is to figure out what in our life is really a problem that needs a change and what is something that is old and working just fine. A new year does not need to be a time to do everything new. It can be a time to be grateful for the old. The balance between the two is what we all need to find.

  • What is something from your past that you don’t want ever to change?
  • What is something that you would like to change in this next year?
  • How can you find peace when what you don’t want to change actually does change and what you want to change just does not happen?

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
Hal Borland


“What does a caterpillar change into?”

A teacher asked a class of preschoolers, “What does a caterpillar change into?” One child quickly answered, “A raccoon!!”

Caterpillars ready to change into.....

Caterpillars ready to change into…..

The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is an amazing concept.The DNA stays the same, but all of the characteristics of the caterpillar change. What was one day one thing can now be a completely different entity.

With people, we often get frustrated when they do not change. We expect spouses to become more patient as they get older. They often don’t. We expect relatives to become more giving as they see your needs. They often don’t. We expect friends to get over their quirks, addictions and mental states. They often don’t.

There certainly are people who have heart changes and transform into creatures beyond what our imaginations could anticipate. Change is possible. Change is also hard. When a caterpillar goes inside the chrysalis or cocoon, it must digest itself to release enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. Once it has changed into a soupy mess, cells rapidly divide to form wings, antennae, legs, eyes and all the parts that make a butterfly so beautiful.

Change is something we really can’t predict in people. It is up to each individual to change according to its will. We all get to decide how much of a soupy mess we can handle in the name of change. We can hope to wait for a beautiful creature only to end up with a rabid raccoon.

  • What is something you have tried to change about yourself in the past and never could?
  • Have you witnessed an incredible change in a person in your life? How do you think they did that?
  • What can you do to make a change in your life or for someone you care about?

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

R. Buckminster Fuller