Sunday, January 1, 2012

A clean slate

It's a new year. A clean slate. A blank piece of paper.

There's a cartoon going around on Facebook. Angus and Phil: What exactly is a New Year's resolution? It's a 'to do' list for the first week in January.

It's funny because it's true. Every year I resolve to exercise, to lose weight, to be a better person, to read my daily devotions, yadda yadda yadda. And it never lasts.

A friend of mine, aliaslaceygreen, has inspired me. Instead of making those same old resolutions that I can't manage to keep for more than a week or two, I'm choosing a word for the year.

My word for 2012 is LISTEN.

I don't know if it's possible to overcome my self-absorbed nature. One of my "interesting facts about me" haiku says it best:

I'm a space cadet
Real life isn't as good as
The world in my head

But this year I'm going to try to listen better... to my family, to friends and church members, to what God might be trying to tell me.

Is a word better than a resolution?

I don't know, but I guess I'll find out.


  1. I love this concept. It's an activity, yet not an activity. And there are no reasonable excuses for not following through, because it can be done anywhere, anytime.

    I'm not talking (yes, punning) about simply listening to others. I'm thinking about the big picture...listening to what the world is trying to tell you...and the smaller, yet just as importtant picture...which is what your body is trying to tell you.

    Gonna be an interesting year, eh, babe??


  2. Ah, yes, tartlet, when I was thinking about writing this, I thought about listening to my body, but then when I actually wrote it, of course I forgot. CRS, eh?

    If I can only remember my word for the whole year...

  3. It's a pretty good word. It's on my list too.

  4. I loved your resolutions, Maria.

  5. Thanks, Rosie! Don't know if I have a chance of keeping it better than my usual resolutions, but it's worth a try! Happy New Year to you and your family!