New Year's Resolutions

December 31, 2009 @ 01:23 pm by Jacqui Lewis

December 31, 2010, 10:00 AM. The last day of the year. The last day of the decade.

I have so many thoughts about the last ten years; I could not have imagined ten years ago how my life would be today. I have SO much to say about that, but it will wait until the New Year.

For now, I am thinking about how the sand in the hourglass is running out on this year. I am thinking about how the clock is ticking toward a new day, a new year, a new decade. I LOVE fresh starts and new beginnings. It is as though we get to wipe our slate clean and begin all over again.

Many of us will make resolutions in the next few days. We will resolve ourselves to be new, to do new things, to think new thoughts, to engage in new behaviors. I am a person who moves too fast, tries to do too much, needs to lose five pounds (maybe ten?), should give up potato chips forever, should stop swearing (a confession here), BUT

I want to use this reflective energy to think of deeper, more meaningful shifts in myself and in my life – the kind of shifts that make me a better human being and make me better at being human.

Here are the questions I am asking myself this year; maybe they can be good for you, too:

  • What was the most consistent attitude I had last year?
  • Was it helpful/hopeful or did it pull me and others down?
  • Is there anything I can do to get a new attitude? Is there anything I can do to keep that helpful attitude?
  • What was the hardest or most difficult thing that happened to me last year?
  • Where was God (or the Holy or the Universe) in that? Did I do anything to make that happen?
  • What is the most important lesson I learned from that hard thing?
  • What was the best thing that happened to me last year? Where was God/Holy/Universe in that?
  • What did I do to help make that happen?
  • What can I learn from that success/blessing/triumph/peace?
  • What is one thing I can carry with me from this year into the next that will make me a better world citizen?
  • However you engage with yourself in conversation about 2010, may it be a joyous, peaceful, purposeful year filled with new love for others, new love for yourself, new grace in tough times, and a new and abiding appreciation for the goodness of God — however you name God — and the Universe around us.

    Happy New Year!



    HI Jacqui! Great to "see" you on Facebook - Sent a Christmas card which was returned - Am assuming you and John have moved ...What is your address? My resolution is to be a bit more organized and I am trying to update all my data Happy New Year! Peace! Love, Judy Bee

    Judy (Berndt) Schmidt on January 8, 2010

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