On this the first day of the New Year many are waking up with a keen determination to stick to New Year's resolutions.
Some choose one lofty goal, others take on the world with a lengthy list of drastic lifestyle changes they truly believe will create inner happiness.
I like the idea of commitment to personal goals, a time of reformation in anticipation of new beginnings. The issue I see is too much focus on problems. Committing to a whole year of trying to attain the impossible, usually turns out to be just that, impossible.
And so this year I am making no promises. I don't plan to berate myself for the extra ten or twenty pounds I probably should try to shed. I will not feel guilty for my poor house keeping skills. Instead I will enjoy playing with my children, content my house will probably never be tidy again - well at least until my foursome leave for college.
I could make a resolution to be more resolute in my blogging efforts, but again I know I would only disappoint myself and you. So please, forgive me when you visit, and I have failed to add a new post. I'll do my best to ramble away and cook up a good old Irish American feast this year, but I'll make no promises about daily postings.
And so instead of setting myself up for failure this year, I am going to focus on one of my favorite old Irish sayings throughout the year.
I have a perfect collection of New Year sayings from Ireland which I hope you'll enjoy.
In the New Year I hope you will join me, and .......
Dance as if no one is watching.
Sing as if no one is listening.
And live every day as if it were your last.
You can learn how to say 'Happy New Year in Irish' here.
Wishing you all a wonderful year of happiness, peace and prosperity.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom