“There is no resolution that, if kept, will make me more worthy of love.” — Nadia Bolz-Weber
I’m not sure I understand the “new year, new you” approach to the turning of the calendar. Why would I want a new me? It’s taken a long time and a lot of work to become this me. But there is value in taking inventory of life and making some course corrections and improvements. I’m calling this year’s reflection the “more or less” approach. In 2016, I’m going to work on having…
– More simplicity and mindfulness.
– More tea.
– Less soda.
– More rest.
– More stretches and deep breaths.
– More awareness of the need for and development of personal boundaries.
– Less self-induced pressure and stress.
– More art and creativity.
– Less clutter and unnecessary stuff.
– More time spent reading.
– Less time spent with the smartphone.
– More quiet time, prayer, and meditation. And church.
– Less talking.
– More listening.
– More kindness and gratitude.
– More acceptance.
– More time spent in nature.
A lot of people like to assign a word to describe their focus for the upcoming year. I guess mine would be “calm.” I’ve been feeling the need — some urgency, in fact — to quiet life down. Let the dust storm of thoughts in my head settle and be soothed. Take refuge in God’s providence and grace. Find quiet joy in creative outlets and satisfaction in exercising artistic abilities. Invest precious time and energy in others more discriminately. Eliminate negative forces wherever possible. Make “inner peace” a primary factor in every decision and choice that I make, from purchases to people.
Calm. I want this to be my mantra and my method.
Wishing you and yours a peaceful and prosperous new year, with more of every good thing you want, and less of what you don’t.