It’s already the first week of the new year and I haven’t landed on any resolutions yet. My usual ones – lose 10 pounds, go to the gym more, read more books – seem like a repeat of last year and a cop out. Plus, I normally stick to these for a few weeks and then quit. My resolutions feel more like a guilty obligation rather than a life changing, driving force.
This morning someone asked me not what my new year’s resolutions are but what do I really want this year. That question seems more significant than just going to the gym three times a week instead of two. It made me stop and think “what do I really and truly want?” My focus needs to be on importance rather than the superficial.
So this year I want to be more content with what I have, to enjoy at least one beautiful thing each day, to speak with kindness and patience when my first inclination is to condemn or hurt, to trust God to protect and provide instead of stressing with what I still need to do, to be calm, to be generous, to forgive myself without giving up on me, and to let go of my right to be right.
I still would like to lose 10 pounds, go more often to the gym and read thoughtful books. But what I really want is to become a person of peace with myself, with others and with God.
I challenge you to answer this question, “What do you really want this year?” It’s worth the effort.