"Every day you're alive is a special occasion."

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I read "A Story to Live By" by Ann Wells, first published in the Los Angeles Times, in Fresh-Brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul by Nicole Johnson about celebrating life. The author was helping her brother-in-law pick out clothes to take to the mortician after her sister's unexpected death. Her brother-in-law pulled out a beautiful handmade silk slip. "Jan bought this the first time we went to New York, at least 8 or 9 nine years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion." He admonished the author, "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special occasion."

This story struck me deeply since my aunt Joy so recently passed away at the age of 43. Did she ever save things for a special occasion that never came? I don't know, but I doubt it. She was the kind of person who lived fully alive, who celebrated events large and small. At the visitation I flipped through her scrapbooks. She documented new puppies, ladybugs, and loosing teeth right along with birthdays, Christmases, awards, and travels.

Last year I based my resolutions on Proverbs 31. This year, I want to carry the idea of every day being a special occasion, a day to celebrate being alive.

New Year's Resolutions {So Far}

Others Goals:

Personal Goals:

Physical Goals:

That's what I've got so far; it's still a work in progress. I think it will be until 2013! So much changed over the course of last year, who knows what lies ahead?
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
What are a few of your goals for the new year?

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