Thursday, January 1, 2009

Auld Lang Syne

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This is what we did on New Years...

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I wish everyone peace and joy this coming NEW year.
I subscribe to something called LDS Daily Gems and I get a quote each day sent to my email. This one came last week and when I read it, I thought it was perfect for the New Year. I have come to learn in my life that TODAY might be all we have. If we desire to change anything in our lives, then TODAY is the time we have... tomorrow might never come. This has been taught to me several times in my life, and again, I am setting goals TODAY to try harder to be better. If we just decide TODAY to start fresh and have a sincere desire, the Lord knows our hearts and He will help us accomplish our goals.Well, I love you all. I am grateful for the friendship and love you share with me. Here is the quote:

"The person we are when we depart this life is the person we will be as we enter the next. Thankfully, we do have Today. . . . We really are immortal in the sense that Christ's Atonement conquers death, both physical and spiritual. And provided we have so lived Today that we have claim on the Atonement's cleansing grace, we will live forever with God. This life is not so much a time for getting and accumulating as it is a time for giving and becoming. Mortality is the battlefield upon which justice and mercy meet. But they need not meet as adversaries, for they are reconciled in the Atonement of Jesus Christ for all who wisely use Today."Lance B. Wickman, "Today," Ensign, May 2008, 105

Now... the journey through the haircut...

My brother, Spencer, helped finish it... while I watched.

After he was done and we showed him the pile of his hair, this was his reaction. Then he said, 'Hey, I want that back on. That is MINE, put it back on.'

His first looks in the mirror. Not happy.

He kept rubbing it and this was him later that night. He has gotten used to it and says he likes it now. :)
It turns out that "Auld Lang Syne" is an extremely old Scottish song that was first written down in the 1700s. Robert Burns is the person whose transcription got the most attention, so the song is associated with him.
A good translation of the words "auld lang syne" is "times gone by." So when we sing this song, we are saying, "We'll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by."
This year, I wanted to make some resolutions. Of course, there are the normal ones... such as:
* Eat less junk.
* Exercise more.
* Read my scriptures every day.
* Pray more times a day.
* I also want to look at each day with a brighter hope for my future. Yes, I have had the storm of all storms come into my life when Aaron passed away, but I do believe that there is still such happiness yet to be had... here in my life. I want to try to be more positive about life... (I am reserving the right to still have horrible days... even while I TRY to be more positive :)
* I also made a resolution to be kinder to people. Not that I am not already trying to do this every day... but I wanted to make a specific goal to make sure I treat everyone as though they are going through the worst time of their life.
When Aaron passed away, I was literally going through the worst time of my life. When I did finally get out and about into the real world, I remember wondering why people were treating me as though I was having a normal day. Not that people were generally rude, but those who weren't as kind as they could be... I just couldn't believe they were treating me in any other way than with tender loving care. Of course, I did have to deal with some people who were rude, but they didn't know what I was feeling.
This is why I have made this goal... to be kind to everyone. To treat people as though they could be having the darkest day of their life. They very well could be...
I am grateful for fresh starts... each new year feels like we are being given a fresh start to do better.
Happy New Year to you all...
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Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie,

He is beautiful with and without his hair!

I really do like your last goal - to be kind to everyone as they may be having the darkest day of their life. I'm going to adopt that one.

Sending lots of love and hugs for the new year.


Tabitha said...

Wow ~ he looks so grown up with the new hair cut!!
Hope you are doing ok,
love and hugs Tabitha XXX

Mindy said...

He looks so much older with the new cut! They grow up so fast! (He looks very handsome too.)

I love your new year's goals! I had an experience with treating others with loving care that I will never forget... unfortunately I DIDN'T treat someone with loving care (he DARED take MY parking spot I had been waiting for... I pulled in behind him and turned around in a huff) and later found out that he had just lost his wife in childbirth. I will never forget how awful I felt. I try to keep that in mind in my daily interactions with others. Thanks for the reminder!

Tawnie said...

another H boy with a perfectly round head. So cute.
Happy New Years to you. You've made a great goal!!! Love you.

Brandy said...

Les, it's less than 10 degrees outside. Isn't Aaron Jr. freezing without all that hair. What prompted this 'buzz'. Of course, he's darling, but brrrrrr!
I will join you in your efforts to be kinder to everyone (however, I dare say that you are extremely kind already). I find that I want to do more for people and be better to people for my new year. I'll skip the diet and exercise, since it won't make me feel nearly as good as service and kindness (in fact, I'm awfully cranky when I do those things!).

Joann said...

So funny! I was just discussing "Auld Lang Syne" with my fmaily the other night, wondering what it meant. What great resolutions, Leslie. I pray every day to be more kind...especially to my family. You have taught me to cherish every moment with them and I sometimes take those moments for granted.
I love your Christmas post, too. I am glad you had a good day.
I love the new haircut. He is so handsome with a buzz. I am glad he got used to it and likes it now.
I LOVE te quilt you got from your mom. But, I love even more that Aaron got you the pillows. It really shows how much he loved you, Leslie. You are always saying how he was so thoughtful...sewing things for you, giving you thoughful gifts. I can really tell that he loved you. I hope you recognize that.
I love you, too, Leslie. Thanks so much for the amazing example you are to me! Happy New Year!

Kathryn_m said...

These pics of Aaron Jr. are great!! -- so VERY expressive.

He leaves no doubt in the viewer's mind exactly how he felt in each photo.

Too cute!!

Thnx for sharing.

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Clippy Mat said...

Happy New Year to you both Leslie. I hope this will be a great year for you.

Anonymous said...

Just dropping in to say hi, Leslie.



Kristi said...

Hey, is that one of the Higginson boys?
I love it.