I did a little grocery shopping today...as I observed everyone purchasing their beverages, renting their Redbox movies and preparing for their New Year's Eve festivities, I thought about how focused and determined we seem to be. We seem to be determined to say farewell to the end of one year and happy to welcome the beginning of a new one. Many of us are clearing out junk from our homes, cleaning our cars, and reorganizing our closets in anticipation of a new year.
There's something about a new year that causes us to reflect. We think about what we've accomplished or endured during the current and what goals we'd like to accomplish during the next year. We become more determined to make changes. Fitness centers across the country are preparing for the swarm of new members all resolving to lose weight and get their "sexy back." Others are making resolutions to focus more on bettering themselves or working harder on their jobs. Some are contemplating starting a new business. But, because of our humanity, behaviors are so difficult to change. Therefore, in reality, by March or April (Feb. for some), most of us will lose steam and give up on our pursuit of our zealous new year's resolution.
This year, I've decided to make only ONE resolution. And, it's really not a resolution at all. It's a proclamation.
I proclaim that in 2013, I will maintain a resolute life in mind, body and spirit. I will keep a spirit of determination and purpose. I will make choices about food, nutrition and exercise that are mindful and serve my purpose. I will read and increase my knowledge in areas that are important for my work and calling. I will treat my relationships with family and friends as part of my purpose and nurture them as often as possible. I will strive to make every decision one of purpose. I will not do things for the sake of doing them. I will live in the present, but always remember what I'm here for. God has blessed me with insight into His purpose for my life. So, for me to responsible for my own destiny and purpose, I must maintain a resolute (determined, purposeful) life.
I'm thankful for 2012 and now, 2013...let's go!
embracing new growth in a new year,