With the new year upon us now, everybody seems to be posting, blogging, chatting and thinking about New Years Resolutions.
Responses are interesting to me, across the board. I see people who resist setting resolutions, because they know they are only going to focus on them for about five minutes, and then they are going to feel like failures. I see some people who set four or five resolutions in place and do a pretty good job staying focused on them, but aren’t quite able to “keep” all of them. And then I see others who just focus on ONE thing and keep it top of mind for the whole year. Wow! What a variety.
I find that my focus with each year that goes by is more on what I want to be when I grow up rather than what resolutions I have for that year. Each year seems to bring new layers and facets to life, continuing to shape and mold me into who I want to be when I grow up! You may find that odd, considering that I will celebrate my 50th birthday this year (how is that possible?), but I am still figuring out who I want to become. I suspect many of you feel the same way–I know I am not the only one who feels this way.
The annual reflection we get to do at the New Year offers us the opportunity to consider how we are going to live the next year so that we truly become what we want to be. I find more value in this type of introspection than setting resolutions.
So, what do I want to be when I grow up and how is the New Year going to set the stage for the next facet of my life?
I want to be a servant. I want the things I do, the words I write and say, and the actions I take to serve others. This year will move me even further along that path as my husband and I sell our family home in California to move closer to my aging parents in Texas. It’s a huge change, one which actually takes me away from my own kids, but it moves me further along my own path of being a servant.
I don’t know all the year will hold for me, but I do know what my intention is. To me that is worth all the past New Years Resolutions I may have made in the past.
What about you?
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