New Year's Eve is here-I honestly can't believe it!
The new year offers us something I think we all need. A fresh start. Sure, life goes on, and all the same troubles follow us, but there is something about a new year that makes us want to re-boot. Why do we make new year resolutions? To re-boot!
Do you have a new years resolution for this coming year? I kept my new years resolution from last year.....I resolved not to make a resolution at all. I know, it's so lazy. But I was tired of failing.
A friend told me her resolution, and it's simply to eat more veggies. Not to eat less bad stuff, or exercise more, or anything like that. Just to eat more veg. I liked it for it's simplicity, it's lack of "rules" that new years resolutions often have, and that it sounded totally do-able! It got me thinking; I really should resolve to do something.
So, as I often do, I found inspiration in my children.
Before school let out for Christmas, my daughter Abby received a Terrific Kids award for Hope.
In some ways the ideas of hope is abstract, and unreachable. But as I looked at my beautiful 5 year old, and heard what her teacher had to say about her showing the virtue of hope, and also inspiring hope in others, I knew I wanted it too.
So, my new years resolution is to try to have more hope (and in doing so, to encourage others to hope too). Webster's says hope is: "the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or in the world at large". Basically, to think a little more positively!
I currently have a serious hope deficiency....although people see me as outgoing, and generally happy, deep down, I lack that "state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes"-in many areas of my life!
I've seen on Pinterest where you have a jar, and all year you write things that have happened that were good, and at the end of the year you read all the good things in the jar. I liked the idea, but knew I was too pessimistic to ever think anything was good enough to put in the jar. So, I'm going to do a Hope Jar instead.
What I plan to do is to write some things I am hopeful for in this new year and put them into the jar. Some will be serious, and some will be light hearted, but I am going to choose to hope, and choose to be positive. I will likely add a few hopes as the year goes on, there are no rules, I'm just making this up!
At the end of 2014, I will open the jar, and see how the year went. My hope (wow, I'm doing it already!), is that in writing some things down, I will be thinking & praying about the hopes in the jar. Even as hard times come, I want to know that I am making an effort to be hopeful.
Do you have a new years resolution? If you don't, why not? Think of something-anything-that you want to re-boot.....why not do it now? There are no guidelines for a resolution, just do it! And if you fail (I'm talking to myself here too)? Try again!
Have a great night, whatever you're doing, and I'll be here again next year (aka-tomorrow). :)
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