New Year's Resolutions... some people like them, some people don't. I like the idea of a fresh new year. I like a fresh start, this year especially. 2010 was a bad year. It started out with mom in the hospital, then she died. My husband's friend (best man at our wedding), who later married my cousin and became family, died. My husband had some health issues, which are thankfully over now. I broke my toes, which are now healed. What am I thankful for from 2010? THAT IT IS OVER!!!! I have hope for a new year, a fresh start.
That said, my first resolution is a continuation of last year's resolution, which, when carried out, added up to one positive change a month, however small. (Really, tea one month, wheat bread the next... not a whole lot to accomplish actually, but overwhelming if attempted all at once). I know, I missed some months, but I'm really happy with the changes I did make, and want to keep moving forward.
My second resolution is to organize one room in my home per month. The idea of organizing my whole house seems overwhelming, but at one room a month, I should be organized before the year is over with part of the year to spare (maybe I should include the garage and cars, huh?)! Even if I have last year's track record of achieving my tasks just over half the time, that would mean half the house is organized, which is better than nothing. (Did I mention it has been a tough year? I may have gotten just a wee bit depressed and let things go.... Okay, I totally did...)
My last resolution, most tellingly, should have been my first, and I am already struggling with it. It has to do with "first fruits". Too often I start the day without prayer, and find myself squeezing God in somewhere at the end. It's not like I'm that busy. I just fail at putting him first. I need to SCHEDULE prayer time, just as I schedule getting together with my friends. Really, it's not like I pop in on them at 10:30 or 11:00 at night (ahem, 1:30 am) because I finally thought of them. While God IS there for me at that time, and not exactly bothered by having to be up early and needing His beauty rest, I can see that I have fit God into the borders of my life rather than the center. The only way I can see in my head to remedy that is to give God some "Prime Time" if you know what I mean... Time that I wouldn't infringe upon for just anything... (Because really, I'm sure that He'd be cool with "rescheduling" if need be, but if I wouldn't "reschedule" friend or family for whatever reason, it'd be a poor reason to reschedule prayer...)
Fellow blogger Sharkbait, did a post a couple of days ago where, though he himself does NOT like resolutions, he suggests choosing a word to focus on for the year. I like that idea. I choose the word hope, because I truly hope it will be a good year for us all.
(click the above link to see Sharkbait's post.)