Monday, January 3, 2011
I've been traveling for a few days, so this blog entry has been festering in my head for a while now. Each year we compile a list of things to accomplish or do and set out trying to make our life quality a little better according to standards set by the Food Network Channel, the Biggest Loser, Forbes, Time, and other major entities in our world. Not that this is a horribly bad thing. I have lived most of my life by setting goals and accomplishing them. I even knew of some girls that went to my alma mater for the set goal of finding a husband (one of whom turned out to be one of my best friends).
As we set the goals for the New Year, we often spend time reflecting on the previous year - and usually it brings lots of regrets, tears, and heavy sighs at what we did not accomplish within the year (or even forgot to do).
Last year, I really don't think that I set any particular resolution/goal for the year, and when I sat back and reflected on the year, it kind of made me have a bit of a "Debbie Downer" moment. I did a lot of things last year, but because I didn't actually set out to accomplish any of those things, there was no sense of swelling pride - the good kind, not the kind that comes before the fall.
So, this year, I may have gone over board a bit - but we will see. I have set out four new resolutions, with a possibility of adding a fifth (but I really doubt that that one will happen). What you may ask are these goals? Well, I'm glad you asked. There is something to publicly stating your goals that helps with the whole accountability thing. It adds a bit of pressure also, so that maybe you will actually accomplish one of two of them, and possibly even all of them.
1. Write daily. This does not mean that you will be seeing a daily blog entry from myself (please, never let it be). I just need to write more. And there are journals and a Macbook Pro waiting my musings, my thoughts, my reflections, and possibly something more substantial.
2. Read at least 25 books. Now, I know, this goal seems to be a little low. I'm pretty sure that with all the re-reading I did last year, I read over 25 books. And I know, D.A. Carson read 100+ books a year, plus writes his own, teaches, and manages to be an all-around stud. But, I am NOT D.A. Carson, as much as I would like to be. So, at least 25 books this year it is. I have already started my list of what to read, and it is well over 25, so if you recommend a book to me this year, it will probably be a year before I get to it. Sorry.
3. Cook at least 4 times a week. I LOVE to cook. I LOVE watching Food Network and browsing Williams & Sonoma, but my major problem is that I have a insanely busy lifestyle. So, most nights stopping at the store or grabbing take-out has been my habit. Well, it's time to break it. At least 4 times a week.
4. No sweets this year, except for on our birthdays. This one was tacked on by my wonderful husband. I think he did it because he knows that I have a tendency for a sweet tooth, so this doesn't help his diet either. I did this once when I was a teenager, so I think that this one is definitely do-able. Here's hoping to a mild summer so I won't want to snack on ice cream in the heat!!
Well, there they are. You may ask why there isn't anything in there about God, prayer, reading the Word, etc, etc, etc. My simple answer to that - my relationship with God is not a goal. The second it is, it is no longer a relationship - it has become a checklist.
Happy New Year, one and all!