First off, let me wish everybody a safe, healthy and Happy New Year. Secondly, let me tell you I’m not a resolution maker. I used to do that in the past but found that when all the things I had promised myself I would do, see, change, etc., didn’t come to fruition, I felt disappointed in myself. Which lead to an “aw, screw it” attitude for any remaining resolutions that may have been hanging on for dear life.
What I have learned is to reassess:
- my life and the path it is following;
- the things that are important to me;
- the way I spend my time;
in order to re-evaluate where things may be out of kilter. This year is no different. What I realize is that I’ve strayed from my path, distracted with the new sights, sounds and experiences….it’s time for me to get back on the road less traveled.
I’m happy with my life – it is ever changing and non-predictable which keeps me on my toes. It is complacency that dulls our senses and lulls us into a state of just existing. I want to run, laugh, be joyous, sit quietly, reflect, feel. Looking at this past year, I have been able to adjust my state of mind and learn to be: in the moment, in the event, in a precious slice of time that will never happen again.
Where I see I am off kilter, is in the commitment to a relationship. I’m a prayin’ gal, and God is the ground that keeps me centered, but since we moved to Colorado, we’ve fallen away from attending church. I’m not doing all I can for the relationship. It’s not the dogma I miss, since dogma is where the rules and regs govern the external, and for me, spirituality is not found externally. Spirituality and connection to God is found internally. It springs from love and hope and faith.
Church can help prime a spiritual pump that sometimes runs close to dry. It makes me accountable to myself, while carving out a block of time that is committed to God. I figure with the joy and sadness that runs through life, and always being able to count on this relationship to celebrate the joys and share the sadness, it’s high time to get back on the path that many opt not to travel. It’s time for us to get back to church.
It’s January 3rd, and already it’s a great year. I got to spend New Year’s Eve with my sweetie (last year we were separated by quite a few states) and we had a fabulous meal in our home; we soaked in the hot tub during a beautiful snow squall; the Spartans won the 100th Rose Bowl (Go GREEN!); my brother and sister-in-law sent fabulous pictures of my 5 month old nephew decked out in Spartan gear – right down to his socks; we finally finished watching all the Hobbit movies; I have a wonderful writing partner and LONGtime friend – Barb; Barb and I have a great site that lets you into our lives and experiences; I am re-assessing my life to re-evaluate what needs work.
Resolutions frequently come on a whim with very little thought put into how to implement them. Neither Barb or I make resolutions…
“We live immersed in narrative, recounting and reassessing the meaning of our past actions, anticipating the outcome of our future projects, situating ourselves at the intersection of several stories not yet completed.” Peter Brooks
We couldn’t have said it any better. Happy New Year!
Do YOU make resolutions? Do YOU reassess or take stock of your life in a new year? We’d LOVE to hear YOUR story!