"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Out with the old...........and in with the new"...............

This phrase,  I always reflect on as the end of another year is quickly approaching...........
don't you?
And although I agree with it in many ways...........such as the way communication has changed for us all..........thank goodness for the Internet and cell phones.............
and I could not live without my washing machine.................
or indoor plumbing..........
But there are some things.......................old...............I still love.........and don't want to change.

I love my new digital camera............
but I cherish old black and white photos.............
especially with family settings..........
don't you?
 

Although I have really good new garden books..............
I have found that the old ones I collect

are a valuable and reliable source to my gardening success.

Being an embroidery artist.................I love trying new techniques
but there is nothing more beautiful than vintage embroidery............
I think.

And we all love those old recipes, handed down from Grandmothers and Aunts.........to our mothers............and then we make the same ones..................
every year!


I understand the stability and comfort new houses can offer............
but there is just something about an old house............
it calls out..........."rescue me............
be my family."
 

None of us can resist or forget......
our old companions.......
can we??
 
And now...........the subject of "old friends..........new friends"
I love making new friends.........and feel so blessed to do so................
and they soon turn into my old friends...........
cherished more and more as the years slip by.

When it comes to the real meaning of
out with the old..........and in with the new............
I know we should all toss out those old regrets..........mistakes that we made.............
things that we never want to happen again............
But for me, I am glad that I sometimes remember these old things...........
for these old things is what made me into the new person I am today.
If these things had not have happened,
I would still be that same old person, ..........
doing the same old things.

Some day..............when I age to be" ancient"............I am sure that these
grievances will come to visit me now and then...........
but I am also sure.....that I will have no regrets.......
because of all of the old and new things that I learned along the path of  my journey.
 
Here's wishing you a happy closing to this year,
may you look back at it.........a little wiser.
If your heart has been saddened.............may a door to new happiness swing open
with the new year approaching.
May all of your regrets and mistakes
only serve to remind you that you have become better through it all!

****** Having guests for Christmas dinner?*****
I have a great recipe for a spicy snack mix that they can munch on while waiting for the feast!
Visit my cooking blog for the recipe. Just click onto the link
My Country Kitchen

15 comments:

Nancy J said...

Kathleen, your words are so true, and heart-warming for the season right now. I wish you a joyous Christmas with family and friends.Fond greetings, Jean.

Sherri Farley said...

What a wonderful post. So true and beautifully said. Merry Christmas and wishing you only good things in the new year!

Nancy said...

Thank you. I wish you a very Merry Christmas also.
Your post touched my heart today.
Thank you again.

lil red hen said...

You've given us a lot to think about, Kathleen. Merry Christmas to you and I'm looking forward to a new year with your wonderful work and thoughts.

Daisy said...

What a lovely post, Kathleen. I agree there are wonderful things both old and new that I hold dear. Wishing you the very best at Christmas and for the New Year too! :)

Chip Butter said...

What a great post and so, so true! Thank you and may you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Magnolia Tea said...

I agree, Kathleen, there is much to keep of the old that is dear and not to be forgotten easily. I value a lot of older things more than easily gotten new ones. Have a great weekend!

Kelly_Deal said...

I LOVE old gardening books! I snatch those things up whenever I see them at the antique mall! Beautiful post Kathleen. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

peggy said...

Thank you for your sweet words, Kathleen. Merry Christmas.

Muddling Through said...

Kathleen, what a wonderful post! And you are absolutely right - it is ALL of our experiences that have made us the people we are.

KathyB. said...

Perfect sentiments for the ending of a year and to ponder at the start of the new one, expressed so eloquently. Thank-you Kathleen, and Merry Christmas !

Debra said...

This is the most beautiful post I've ever read-it touched me deeply-thank you....
God bless and keep you. Merry Christmas!!

PS-my friend Christina made the wreath pictured on my blog...

Love, Debra

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen - Hope your Christmas was all you hoped it would be, filled with loved ones and friends. I appreciate your words in this post - very timely and gives us all something to think about. Wishing you a blessed and fruitful New year!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Kathleen, nothing will replace the old, especially where memories are concerned. I too like things past sometimes more than modern. Enjoyed this year end reflection. Hope your Christmas was wonderfully enjoyed and wishing you and yours a great year ahead.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I love that old phone and have my moms still, that I grew up with.
I'm with you about old houses and their character and charm
. I find that at holidays now just as many people are looking at their phones as look at you,
clicking away~ brave new world!
xx
julie