Where Did the Decade Go?

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Where did the year go?
Where did the DECADE go?
What exactly were my resolutions for the year 2000? …or even 2009?

Honestly, I don’t remember the resolutions I made for for the new millennium
But I can count all the changes in my life,
changes that I couldn’t have predicted,
planned or prevented from happening.
Life unfolded whether I kept my annual promises to myself or not!

Everyone knows the New Year’s resolutions that are so hard to keep:
I will lose weight, quit a bad habit, join a gym and work out 3 times a week…blah, blah, blah…
But whether you stick to your resolutions
or give up after a few weeks,
accomplish your goals or forget them in a year,
one thing is certainly true:
2011 will be here before you know it!

In the past decade, I have both gained, and lost, friends and members of my family. The adorable nieces & nephews, toddlers in 2000, have changed into teenagers, and will be finished with college by the time the next decade changes. My teenage kids who drove me so crazy that I wished they would grow up faster? Now it feels like a special occasion when they come home… And the precious grandparents, will we still have them when another 10 years goes by?

At the start of this new decade, I am stunned at the speed at which time passes and life changes.
So my simple resolution is:
Pay more attention to today!
Whatever happens, good or bad, 2010 will seem to have passed in a blink by 2020!

If I pay attention to today,
when I look in the mirror I’ll smile and remember that
this is as young as I’ll ever be

If I pay attention to today,
I will keep in touch with my loved ones,
because every one of them will grow and change,
and some may even be gone, before this new decade is through.

If I pay attention to today,
I will worry less what people think of my clothes or my hair or my less-than-model figure.
And get up and dance! Or go swimming in a bikini! Or wear red instead of gray!
Or do any and all of those things I keep putting off until later…

Guaranteed that I won’t remember what I didn’t do in 2010,
but I will remember what I did!

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
What are your resolutions?
and what would you like to remember about 2010 this time next year?

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