"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Friday, January 17, 2014

Reviewing Resolutions

My history of New Year's resolutions is bleak.
Year after year I plan the same ones
(you can just imagine!)
and, come December of that year, they are either long forgotten 
or, most often, far from achieved.

This year will be different!
Do you hear the positive lilt to my "voice"?
One resolution involves removing a certain word from my vocabulary.
It's a common word and I think I overuse it.
It has the potential of being seen as judgmental or harsh by the listener. 
 I don't want to be that kind of person.
I want to encourage, not tear down.
So, I will be intentional and bite my tongue before it escapes.  I hope.
It is my goal.
Perhaps I'll share the word later in the year...

Another resolution involves Christmas cards.
Those hugs in an envelope that arrive in the box out by the road.  
I delight in opening each one.
Sometimes the news enclosed within in sad,
but I cherish the connections with friends.
I don't want to pack them away with the bells, tinsel and ornaments come January.
They sit in a special basket throughout the year.

This year I plan to be more active with those cards.
I hope to draw one from the basket each week.
I will reread it, linger over the pictures, sentiments and news.
Then I promise to pray all week for the sender.
That God will bless and touch him or her.
And I will try to contact said sender.
Perhaps a card, a letter, a phone call or email.
I'm not sure how this part will materialize,
but I hope to communicate each week 
with someone that I usually write to only at Christmas.
I am into week 3 and...so far, so good.
I'm excited.
And maybe...perhaps...possibly...
I'll lose a few pounds, too.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you're off to a good start! I too seem to have the same old resolutions, but this year is different. My New Years Resolution is "organization," with one of our projects is to turn one of our walk in closets into a food pantry. We are wanting to buy food bulk so we can save money. Another is to buy a big freezer. Groceries have sky rocketed so high. I love the idea of shopping every couple of months. We'll have to see how that goes.