I don’t like the idea of “resolutions” (resolving to do something).
I’m going with ENDEAVOR.
Endeavor can be either a verb (try hard to do or achieve something) or a noun (an attempt to achieve a goal).
freedictionary.com gives the definition of endeavor as —
1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt. 2. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
What will I endeavor to do this next year?
1. I really love the idea of doing a “Thankfulness: 365” type of project. I’m not sure I am diligent enough to take a photo every day, but Apple Hill Cottage’s posts inspired me to give it a try! http://applehillcottage.org/thankfulness-360/ I might work this in with #3.
2. I will be a better friend. I realize that I’ve been more self-centered than usual this year. I need to make amends with some friends who were going through difficult times. I wish I had been more supportive and present for them. I also need to invest time and effort in making new connections. I’ve taken quite a while to mourn the loss of all I left behind, and I realize I need to focus on the here and now.
3. I will make more time for creative projects. One of the few TV show I enjoy watching is Quilting Arts on PBS. Several of the programs I saw recently — (who knows when they aired? I love our DVR!) — were full of ideas for making time daily for being creative. With so many hobbies and supplies and my new “Creativity Room,” I need to be more intentional about using time for things I enjoy doing creatively.
4. I will pursue better health. This covers a wide range of issues. I’m not looking forward to this one, but I can no longer pretend I’m 24 and thin. (I’m definitely neither of those things now!)
5. I will get our household unpacked and better organized. (groan!) After living in one place for 17 years and then moving across the state this summer, we are still looking for many items that seem to have disappeared during the move.
6. I will learn some new piano music just for ME. For several years, I’ve played mostly music that was chosen by others. This is one endeavor I’m pretty such I can manage! Again, making time for doing things for personal growth and enjoyment should be a priority for most everyone. Why is it so difficult to do?
7. I will get more involved in our new community. I have several ideas and possible directions — too many, in fact. I need to choose a few and go. Getting an opportunity for a fresh start is a wonderful gift in many ways. Where should I spend my time, talent and attention?
8. I will continue to write this blog. Thank you for reading, following and/or commenting! This whole “blogging” process has been an interesting journey so far. I’m secretly hoping I can either finish and post all my drafts and/or decide they are unworthy and delete them. (I guess it is a not-so-secret-hope now!)
9. I will continue to make time to read — not only books of all kinds but also poetry.
10. This is by no means last on my endeavor list. In fact, this endeavor has always been and will continue to be integral to every part of my life. I will endeavor to continue growing in faith and in spirit. I saw this tweet today: “Thanksgiving makes time. Give thanks, slow time down w/ all your attention, & time multiplies. #1000gifts”
There seems to be a theme here: T H A N K F U L N E S S.
Another theme is: T I M E
Nearly every endeavor on my list will be achieved or not in relation to the T I M E given to that endeavor.
God of all time, all seasons of our living,
source of our spark, protector of our flame,
blazing before our birth, beyond our dying–
God of all time, we come to sing your name.
Spirit, who draws our fragile selves together;
Spirit, who turns a stranger to a friend:
be at the table where we greet each other;
be in the peace we pass from hand to hand.
- Thankful Thursdays – Over 500 Gifts! (simplysmithblog.wordpress.com)
- Wanted: Writers, Artists and Poets (live-brave.com)
- 28 Inspirational Reminders for Crazy Creative People. (elephantjournal.com)
- New Year’s Resolutions and other Foolhardy Endeavors. (knittingskeet.wordpress.com)