For example, traditional resolutions can be full of expectations, that after awhile, we fall short of succeeding. You know the drill—- Better eating, weight loss, younger looking body, getting more rest, less crazy work hours etc, etc, etc. Resolutions tend to drain us of our energy in many ways and leave us feeling “less than”. This isn’t helpful. Expectations of others or those we make upon ourselves also send us down a negative slope of disappointment. This doesn’t serve us well at all.
So, I am going to offer another way of looking into the new year that is upon us. As much as I would like to take credit for thinking of this, I cannot. However, it inspired me last year and worked out beautifully.
My inspiration came from one of my favorite Christian authors, Ann Voscamp. She proposes a fresh outlook upon the resolutions idea.
She likes to use the key word “purpose” which seems to offer a different perspective. She calls it “SOULutions”.
Her idea is to say
In the year ——- I purpose to... fill in the blanks.
I put mine on a 5x7 card and framed it. I refer to it frequently, and it can remind me of my thoughts and actions in reference to what I wrote.
I feel these words guide us into more of a year’s journey and process more than having hard and fast rules of do’s and don’ts.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year and my you live with gratitude and joy in your hearts.