Tuesday, January 08, 2008
i love "new" years. i love looking forward, planning, dreaming. january is about the only time of year that i actually *embrace* change. what is key for me is that i don't really think about it as change. i choose to think about it as growth.
many of you know that i am a paper journaler, a lover of bound memories. for many years, i have used a 10+ journal, which includes pages for looking ahead to each year. i use these pages to simply list things i would like to accomplish in the upcoming year: play the piano more often, sew a cute skirt pattern, put more money in savings, bless my family, love... the lists are often "off the top," ramblings and far-reachings mixed with specific goals. some lists are short, some go on and on. many items carry over from year to year.
the funny thing is, i seldom go back to that page throughout the year. but it has become a new year's eve ritual of mine to sit down with my journal and check off the items i accomplished, and create my list for the upcoming year. it is so gratifying to see the things i've done, and sometimes humorous to see some of the things i actually wrote on the list.
all of this is to say, i guess i don't make resolutions, per se. i don't want a reason to get down on myself when i don't cross something off of my list. i want a reason to celebrate the things i DID accomplish!
however, this year, i resolve to do ONE thing. this year i resolve to embrace my word of the year. i resolve to wake up in the morning with this word on my lips, i resolve to let it guide my thoughts and actions throughout the year.
i resolve to open the door on this new year!