I don't make New Years Resolutions. It seems to me that resolutions fail epically in encouraging people to make positive changes in daily activities. Usually, one makes a resolution but doesn't have the plan in place to make that resolution last and so the momentum lasts only a few days or weeks at the most. I prefer 'hopes and goals'. Some years at the end of December or early January, I have chosen a word that I think will identify what 'hopes and goals' I want to focus on during the coming year. In 2011, I wrote a blog post about my word of the year which was Simplify. Evidently, in 2012, I didn't write about that year's word because I have no post in my archives. My word in 2013 was Save. I seem to have skipped 2014, too. In keeping with the trend of choosing a word every other year, I am focusing on LIVE in 2015.
This coming year I want to:
Live simply. Continue to reduce the clutter and excess possessions in my life. I don't plan to get rid of everything but 100 items and throw away things I use on a regular basis. But I will keep what is useful, beautiful and has a happy memory which makes me smile.
Live healthfully. I am making a commitment to exercise more consistently--three times a week for a half hour. That doesn't include the nearly daily three mile walks I take. We are still working on the details of this one. Should we join a gym? How about buying the equipment we would need and doing it on our own? Healthy living also involves healthy eating. We mostly have this part covered as I eat a whole foods plant based diet and The Professor adds in some cheese and meat.
Live mindfully. This one could cover so much. Here I am focusing on limiting my schedule to allow time for rest and relaxation. I want to choose activities which add value to my life, my family's lives, and which are in line with my life values.
Live devoutly. I want to focus more of my hours on prayer, Bible study and meditation.
Live thankfully. Being thankful and grateful means not complaining or comparing. Many people write a daily diary stating three things they are grateful for. I'm not sure I have the discipline to write a quotidian journal, but I want to think thankfully on a minute by minute, hour by hour basis.
These 'hopes and goals' for 2015 which are embodied in the word Live are not new to me or unusual for how I have lived my life for years and decades. They simply have a slightly different emphasis in the details for this year.
Have you made resolutions, written a list of hopes and goals, or chosen a focus word for 2015?