My New Year’s Resolution

Sometimes I wonder if it was fate that brought me to Rumpy, or mere chance. 

Food? My favorite subject!
Were we meant to be together? 

He and I are nothing alike. I’d describe us as polar opposites.

He is beautiful, while I am rather plain.

He is fearless, and looks forward to whatever the next adventure brings. I am a worry wort.

Rumpy is a “glass is half-full” kinda dog, while I see the glass and panic about where I’ll get more water.

This is where some of you will quit reading, and write pat comments about how nice I am, or whatever. Please don’t, because this is not a post where I am fishing for compliments. What you think of me really doesn’t matter, does it? It’s what I think of myself that counts.

So why AM I writing this post? Because it’s time to make resolutions for the new year, and I’ve been thinking about making changes.

And then a radical idea hit me: maybe the biggest change I could make is to quit making changes. Perhaps instead of trying to make things happen, I should just let them happen.

After all, Rumpy coming into my life wasn’t a change I made happen. True, I did stop the car to help him out. But somehow the Universe knew that about me, and used it to its’ advantage. Where did it lead me? To this blog, for one thing. One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, even though I started it in hopes of helping him.

One of the best things that happened to me was meeting Rumpy

The concept of “letting things happen” doesn’t play well with me. I’m ambitious. I’m covetous. I want more than what I have now.

But my best-laid plans have mostly been for naught, while the coincidences I’ve accepted into my life have made it far more interesting, at the very least.

I am tired of the endless stream of self-improvements that are supposed to make me a better person. I have spent so much energy trying to make myself thinner, smarter, richer, but none of it seems to have gotten me anywhere. Nope, no comments about how nice I am. You promised.

I have read the books, practiced the lessons, joined churches and clubs. While I’m sure many of you found what you were looking for in one of those places, I found nothing there for me.

So I hereby resolve that, for 2015, I will stop trying to make things happen, and accept whatever the Universe has in store for me. I’m going to try my hand at going along for the ride, and see where I end up.

Now THIS should be interesting!

35 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolution

  1. Happy New Year to Jen, Rumpy and the rest of the gang! (Oh, btw, I still think you’re nice for a tough gal who has seen hard things in this life that I can’t even imagine.) Thanks for making the world a brighter and better place for us all with all you do. Being more accepting of what comes is a good outlook. I try to do that but I’m the opposite to you and can be complacent at times so need to push myself to be in action more with goals and deadlines. All the best!

  2. Jen, I’m with you!!!! Rumpy looks at you with love & thinks of you only as perfect. You met Rumpy to be reminded of your best self – the furry ones do not lie.

  3. Thank you very much for sharing your new year resolution with us Jen! Happy New year to all of you, Rumpy, Jen, Buggie, Hissy, Bubba, Malachi, Graybie, and little girl! 🎍🎉😊🐶🐱

  4. Growing up with a sister who has a mental issue, this was the hardest lesson I learned and still keep relearning it. But I will tell you that in doing so, I am far happier than most people I know and more accepting of others. Good luck! It is the best ‘change’ most of us can do.

  5. Good New Year resolution. I also am a planner, doer, make things happen sort of person. I know how hard it is to let go and just let things happen as they will. Good luck with 2015. I may try this myself.

  6. I think you’ll discover you aren’t driving the bus — never were — and are, like the rest of us, a mere passenger. Sit back. Chat with your fellow travelers. Enjoy the scenery. You’ll wind up exactly where you are supposed to be 🙂

  7. Hi Y’all!

    Let me tell you a secret…but you can’t tell anyone…we dogs see life in the present moment…we don’t plan…we don’t scheme…we don’t see you as skinny or fat, or beautiful or plain…we see you for what you feel, how you act towards us, how you smell, yes smell, how you move, yes we read every movement you make….We see with our nose first, then our ears, and lastly with our eyes. (Rumpy already told you all that didn’t he?)

    As Cupcake said, “it will make you more dog-like”.

    Wishing y’all a safe and healthy 2015!

    Happy New Year!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. Well you don’t want compliments, tough…um…chew toys. 😛 I object to you calling yourself plain, and so does Rumpy dog. I wish you the best of luck letting things happen. Keep us updated!

  9. I love your blog, Jen, because of our shared love for animals. I adopted my dog from an ex-roommate who couldn’t take care of him. It wasn’t really a planned adoption, so we had a rough start. But it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As for self-improvement, that has to come from within. Looking to others to make your life better is futile and ultimately puts your fate in the hands of people who may not care about you. All the best to you and your loved ones in this New Year!

  10. My cats… as always, my guiding light to happiness. Happy New Year and blessings to you and yours from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

  11. Bravo! That’s the only valuable and true lesson I’ve learned from my fur babies. Might as well go with the flow because the flow is going with you regardless of what you do. Good post! I’m struggling to hold back a compliment but patting myself on the back for being in compliance with your request, lol. 🙂

  12. This sounds great, Jen! We look forward to seeing where the ride will take you, dear friend. Happy New Year to you, Rumpy and the gang. 🙂

  13. I must say you are not plain you look most lovely with rumpy, particularly jealous of those curls! Trying to let go and just take things as they may is my goal for the year too and once I must embrace as I face my beloved Norberts illness this s a great post

    retro rover

  14. rumpy is, indeed, a marvelous beast! (i tell that to one or another of our cats frequently — what a mahhh vee lous beast!) i’m sure you all were “meant to be together” — just as our household (now that we’ve run the kids off) presently is …

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