For some, the start of a new year brings new beginnings, dreams and direction. For me, I use to have massive personal goals when I was competing and loved ticking them off each year. These days I tend to find new challenges within each day to deal with. Kids tend to do that. It is a learning process, and being the Piscean that I am I tend to swim with the tide and cross the channels when I come to them.
I do however dedicate each year to being a year to ‘flourish’.
We have shut shop with babies, two is enough and now my youngest is 16 months old, it’s time to regain some of that old “Karla” back and reignite some passions. After suffering PND after my first child and then to a degree with my second, the foggy cloud is lifting and I am welcoming the feeling of not having to ride that rocky road again.
And it is not only me that I use the word ‘flourish’ with but also my girls….which, in the end, is a by-product of my actions. To be the best person I can be each day, to lead by example and be an inspiration to them.
My former fitness coach once gave me a poem called ‘The woman in the glass” to read each day to reflect on. It’s still something that is so ingrained in me that I find myself subconsciously referring to from time to time. So, on this 1st day of January 2012, I leave you with these words, to take you into the new year and be the best that you can be!
The Woman in the Glass
When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,
and the world makes you queen for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that woman has to say.
For it isn’t your mother, your father or partners
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the woman, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass?
She’s the lass to please,
never mind all the rest.
For she’s with you right to the end,
and you’ve passed your most difficult test
if the woman in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful girl,
But the woman in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look her straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
if you’ve cheated the woman in the glass.