Friday, January 1, 2010

It's a New Year!

It's a new year. I'm not so good at the hype of New Year's Eve. I like a quiet night at home. And that's what I had. A movie. Chatting with a sister. It was all good.

I'm also not so good at New Year's Resolutions. I'm not sure why. Part of it may be that I am a teacher, and it seems to me that my year calendar runs late August to June, so this feels like a funny time to make resolutions. Having said that, I read a blog yesterday where the author picks words to have as her focus for the year. I really liked that idea. So much so that I'm actually taking her two words as my words for the year. And adding one of my own.


I'd like to think that I show gratitude in some ways. But I'd like to make a more conscious effort to show gratitude to those who add to my life. More importantly, I hope I can cultivate an attitude of gratitude. I want to cut down on the complaining I do - and see more of the good God gives me in my life. And there is so much good!


When my sister and I talked about this last night, and I said I wanted to be generous with more than money - with my time, she told me that I had already met that goal. In many ways, I think she's right. But somehow I still think there's a ways to go with this. Some of the times I'm giving of my time, it's out of a sense of duty, and sometimes accompanied by irritation that I have to be doing it. I need to change that and that's what I want to work on. Lessening the sense of duty and increasing the acts of giving freely.


Now anyone who knows me is laughing. This is not a new thing for me at all. I'd like to believe I'm getting a little better at this balance of life and work, but there's still a ways to go. Here's hoping!

May we see the wonders of our loving and faithful God as we attempt to walk in the paths He has laid out for us. Happy New Year to all!

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