Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Resolution’

One simple question to ask yourself this New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously short lived.

And maybe pointless.

Maybe 2018 could be different … an opportunity to re-orient our lives that bring both more meaning and joy.

To make it different, imagine a subtle shift in questions from “What should I do?” to “What can I offer the world?”

“What can I offer the world?” captures a big old humble question.  I know what I would prefer to offer the world, in my own illusory head – self gifts of imagined value to my ego but of little substantive value to others. Singing a solo, dunking a basketball top that list.

Beneath that however lies a quieter voice, a quieter call to offer grace, peace, and love to the suffering out there in the world.

From that place, “What should I do?” becomes a great deal more clear.

The Lord neither shatters your illusions not stifles your desires. Instead he bends them toward truth and good.  Emanuel Swedenborg

This year, maybe a new focus for all us, a focus on one question, “What can I offer the world?”



A New Year’s Wish

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

In a recent blog post Seth Godin noted how we respond most readily to “close and now.”  We ignore what is not.

And yet so many of the challenges we face are neither “close” or “now.”  Issues spanning from global warming to damaged relationships, we prefer, sadly to push off with shallow hope to some never arrived at future when we believe we will finally be able to say, “Now I have time.”

But “time” never arrives.  So “attention” never arrives.  So “healing” never arrives.  And we are left with spinning lives no more at peace for all the frantic efforts at distraction.

A simple New Year’s Wish… that we draw our lives, our true lives, our this-is-what-actually-matters-lives, into the “close and now.”  We don’t need to take all that movement in in one bite.  But we can find one small piece, a quiet piece, one “micro-resolution” as a dear friend calls it, and practice there.  Close and now.

Miracles I think … where there is nothing but stone and rock we find a soft pocket, soft soil.  A place where a seed can land.  A place where growth can happen.  Not all at once.  But given a space, it starts.

Blessings on 2015!