Happy New Year!
Over the years I’ve taken the time to write some thoughts about resolutions and new beginnings during this time of year…it’s fun to see how my thoughts have changed over the years (2016 and 2015 for instance). Over the past few years I’ve found myself drawn and always resolving for a more simple life. Every year I feel the same tug to this idea/theme/notion? A notion of a simpler life, perhaps? Each year I make resolutions centered around this and each year, the resolutions change. I look back and think not much has changed on the surface…maybe that is the thing to remember when setting resolutions – when setting our resolutions we set them as actions or “to do’s” but aren’t we really desiring the outcome, the change on the inside? When I say I want a simpler life, I don’t want to go back to the 1800s by any means; perhaps I want to be less attached (to consumerism, materials, cultural ideas that dictate our pace against our will so to speak).
Resolutions are a tricky thing and look different for everyone.
More this, less that? More detailed or more broad? More like hers (less like mine)?
I’ve come across a few quotes lately that are guiding me into 2018.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and that one is what we are doing.” -Annie Dillard
“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson
“A peaceful focus on living out the particularities of our own lives releases us to love others without coveting what they have or being jealous of their circumstances.”
– Ann Swindell
“There is only today, with holes in our pockets, with time spilling out. We cannot keep it for tomorrow. We cannot mend our seems to hoard, save, carry. Ask a bird how to fly, and it might tell you to remove the weight from your wings.” – Erin Loechner
“Test everything. Retain what is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21
…a peaceful focus on living out the particularities of our own lives… to me this means embracing your own life in the day to day. To decide not today or tomorrow for fill-in-the-blank (fitness, adventure, quality time, reading) but rather today or never.
Test everything in your daily life. Retain what is good. Give up each day what distracts and isn’t necessary, what weighs down. Spend your day, today, how you want to spend your life.
So that’s my resolution, if you can call it that. Of course I have lists. Some with bullet points (replace cleaning products with toxin free products) and some with broad strokes (eat more veggies). Some with categories (physical, home, financial). All with the overarching theme of slow, meaningful, growth, consistent, quality, but most importantly, now. What can I do today? How can I spend this or that hour this morning or tonight? What is important now?
Here’s to 2018!