Thursday, December 31, 2009
Did you HEAR that?!
Oh, man! I just love Buddy! He is one of those holiday movie characters that just wriggle their way right into your heart and before long, they are as much a part of your old-fashioned family Christmas as Charlie Brown and Clark "Sparky" Griswold. But Buddy. Oh, Buddy. He's got me answering my phone with a "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" Because of him, I love to tell people their faces are so pretty they should be on Christmas cards. I truly feel that every to-do list should end with "and then we'll snuggle". I'm even starting to believe he's right about the four main food groups. Candy, candy canes, candy corn, and --say it with me-- SYRUP!
I mean, just look at him guzzling that soda. Who hasn't wished they had the guts (no pun intended) to try to down a 2-liter in one gulp? Just replace his head with mine and make it a Dr. Pepper bottle. Sweet! oops, another pun...
This brings me to my point: that my successful weaning from caffeine and sugar before the holidays was all for naught. I have fallen off the coffee-soda-every cookie in sight-candy, candy, candy, syrup-wagon. But, BUT! The mother of all Mondays is coming up. The first Monday of a new year! This is a very exciting place to be. Right here on the cusp of a new era. Standing on the edge between before and after. What a view! It's wide open and I can see anything, anything is possible. How depressing if every time I gained weight, it was permanent. How utterly hopeless if I could never start over and try again. How meaningless a life if there were no way to make up for past mistakes.
Aren't we just the best blessed children of the Lord? We get so many chances, do-overs after every mistake. Clean slates. Why? Grace. It is all wrapped up in that one little word. Who can understand it? Who can know why we are so freely given something we can never earn? Thank you, Lord! Praise you, Father! I praise you for the forgiveness and the chance to do better. And I praise you for the consequences of my mistakes, as well. May I learn from them as I draw nearer to you in the year to come. May I do better, be better, and live better, in Your Name.
Happy New Year!
Oh yeah, and I weigh 178 today.