Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome 2017, how much awaited for you...

Getting ready for the final countdown...sorta...

During the last week, people were trying to find the best way to greet the new year, looking at local venues, finding the right attire, trying to fit in with the status quo. I know I fell into this trap myself, looking for a place for my boyfriend and myself to go and celebrate, ordering a dress for a formal event, booking a hair dresser to get my hair done and even contemplating on booking Uber.

" So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom"-Psalm 90:12

A change of plans and a change of attitude...

To my surprise, as I logged into my e-mail to print out my tickets to the event, the first e-mail that popped up was that of a cancelled event. The much awaited celebration had been cancelled. It was only three hours before the event would have taken place and we had no other place to go.  It was frustrating, another hard hit in 2016. We had already seen many issues during this year, a stream of celebrity deaths, much violence in the media, political turmoil and between my boyfriend and myself many challenges in our personal lives. He started the year at the worst way possible beating the odds, and I started the year stumbling to move forward.

Then it hit me, I could pout about it, or think of this as a hidden blessing to go do something else with my boyfriend. Granted, I wanted to make the last day of the year memorable and spectacular since the other 364 days were A-okay, good, fair or could have improved. But God's plans and timing showed that the original plan was not going to go through. As my boyfriend called  me to  explain that he would be running late, I explained what happened and he simply stated "let's just have a nice dinner, look for an available restaurant and lets just enjoy a romantic evening." 


A true Silent night, A true Calm evening...

It was a nice evening we both spent. Maybe that was God's plan all along, to have us go away from the chaos, the pessimism, the pressures of society and to just enjoy the last hours of 2016. We enjoyed Cuban food which was our first time trying it. We then moved on trying to attend a dance at some of the local places, but to our surprise there was a cover charge. We felt that we would prefer seeing a movie, we went to see "Sing," my boyfriend doesn't like animation movies. However, he was the one laughing throughout the whole film. The film ended and with a 1/2 hour left in 2016, we drove up to Mount Hamilton, picked a spot and saw the skyline for San Jose. From a distance we saw fireworks, the excitement of the city as it welcomed a new year. The whole evening felt different.
Carne con papas arroz con tostones. 
San Jose Skyline 


The truth about time...

For the last month all the world was talking about was the much anticipated arrival of 2017.  A year to start anew, new chances, new opportunities, new starts, and the end of a turbulent year.  The media has reported the most atrocious events to have taken place in the last decade, political turmoil, shooting, bombings, viruses, nature attacks, and a wave of celebrity deaths. Throughout 2016, each month we looked forward to the next month for better times and more positivism. Yet, with each passing month instead of focusing on better days and the little blessings, we continued comparing one tragedy to the next, one death to the next, and one scandal to the next.

" In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" - Matthew 5:16 

We  forgot to live one day at a time and to do things in the now instead of waiting for next week, next month or next year.  We kept waiting for things to get better and only when we saw things get worse, kept pushing off the desires of our heart. Bucket lists were unfulfilled, vision boards were inconclusive, goals were broken and resolutions never met. We kept forgetting through the year that we don't need for a new year to start to launch or push forward on goals, dreams, projects or vision boards. We can start as soon as the thought crosses our mind. It had crossed my mind a while back to test out this Cuban restaurant with my boyfriend, it had crossed my mind to see the movie and it had crossed my boyfriends minds to see the skyline of San Jose at night again. This was a perfect opportunity for us to do things instead of talking about it.

We are into the first week of the new year. It is not surprising that the new year started on a weekend and the second day of the year was a Monday. It is all according to God's plan stopping us from putting excuses and falling into the safety net of  "I'll wait until next week to do..." or " I'll wait for Monday to start fresh on..." well the later is now. The time is now and the moment is now. We keep waiting for things to get better for the weather to get warmer to go for a walk, for the beginning of the year to sign up to a gym, for the beginning of the week to clean out a room or for a fresh week to start writing a book. The moment has come to start seizing the days and show more purpose than yesteryear...

We have 363 days now to do more things. We do not need to wait until next year to do what we have desired to do today. A day at a time a moment at a time, step by step, bit by bit. Things get done, with effort, prayer and drive. We don't need to focus on what could have been, let us focus on what will be. We don't need to rush at the end of the year to join the most glamorous party, we can simply have a nice dinner or go see a new  start with a beautiful view. Overall, let us not stop living life but start enjoying each memory we make.

And this has been my aha moment...