Today I started writing in a brand new journal. Even though I had a few pages left on my previous journal, I just had to start fresh in my new one. I am certain that I am not the only one who is trying to figure out what my new year’s resolutions will be. I want to call them goals instead. When I think of resolutions, I think of someone wanting to lose weight, quit smoking or give up drinking coffee (over my dead body – hah!).
I read an entry in my devotional, Faith in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant, and it resonated with me. She said that our skin cells, our hair and other parts of our body are not the same parts that we had a week ago, a month ago or a year ago. Without our intervention, our physical bodies are ever-changing, not always the way we want them to either. (I find more and more gray hairs every week.) Iyanla said that one thing that does not change on it’s own is our mind. Do we have the same attitude and do we have the same thoughts that we had years ago and have they held us back from the life we truly deserve to live? In my case the answer is yes. What if we decide to be more of who we are, take better care of ourselves, love ourselves and others, and express more kindness and gratitude instead? Once we do these things, wouldn’t that make it easier to lose weight or eat healthier? Maybe it’s better to start within.
Today the sun was shining and I felt blessed to have a day with my family. What are my hopes for 2014? For my oldest son to be in less pain from his MD, that perhaps we will find good help with my sons and that we would love each other just a little more every day. I hope to post more in my blog, read more books, do more crossword puzzles and listen to more great music on my new turntable. I wish you all the very best life can offer in 2014!