Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

I have been thinking about New Year's Resolutions more than usual this year. To be honest, I usually don't make one resolution. I don't have much faith in my ability to get more than a week or two into my program without abandoning it. I know this doesn't say good things about my moral character, but there you have it.

But since I am preaching this weekend, on the cusp of the new year, I've been thinking about the whole "resolution" thing, and what kind of resolutions I might make, if I were the resolution-making sort of girl.

1. Walk the dog more. Also just play more. Invent more games to play with Scout. See which ones she likes best.
2. Make soup more often.
3. Pay attention to relationships. Listen to what people say, and what they don't say. Delight in their word choices.
4. Worry less. Trust people. If they let me down, forgive them. If I let me down, forgive myself. Remember that happens more often than I care to admit.
5. Fail. Keep failing until I succeed.
6. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.
7. Find at least one person to write with, and to hold me accountable develop writing and publishing goals.
8. Meet more bloggers.
9. Laugh more often. Cultivate relationships with people who are good at laughing. Remember G.K. Chesterton's quote: "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."
10. Hold hands with my husband more often.
11. Sing. Write poetry. Stand on my head. See things from a new perspective.

What about you? What do you want to do in 2008?

Also, here is Kate's list

24 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Diane, the internet is my vice, or perhaps, my addiction. I need to spend more time with real live people and less time at the keyboard and looking at the computer screen. Who knew that this would happen? Not me, that's for sure. I'll work on this one.

Oh. One more. Be on time for church and other appointments. From a pastor's viewpoint, how annoying are latecomers? Tell the truth, now. Don't spare my feelings.

BTW, I like your list.

Rev SS said...

Nice list. I guess I want to

play with my cats more

be more disciplined about walking daily; and

find a like-minded, night person, buddy to play and travel with ... really want to get to New York City for a couple of weeks in the not too distant future.

Diane said...

grandmere, I know how you feel. I really do like the relationships I've found here, but I need to keep paying attention to REAL LIVE PEOPLE. That's part of what my work is about.

Serena, hope you find your play buddy!

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FranIAm said...

I can't say what my resolutions are but let me tell you, I loved reading yours.

more cows than people said...

grandmere- i don't mind latecomers to church at all (speaking as a pastor). i'm just glad they're there whenever they get there.

steve has issued me a challenge for 2008 that i think will shape my resolutions. we'll see.

great list.

Diane said...

Grandmere, I'm with more cows. I'm relieved when people show up. Actually, more annoyed when friends are late meeting for lunch, etc.

More cows, I'm looking forward to your list!

Diane said...

If anyone wants to write a list on their own site, I will link to you!

just let me know.

Wyldth1ng said...

Good luck, remember it takes an average of 21 days (in a row) for an act to become habit.

Jan said...

Diane, you have sensible and ambitious goals. I like them all.

I also know I need to spend less time with blogging. I don't want to lose contact with friends I've made here though. This will take some serious pondering about limits.

Thanks for putting yours out here. They're a guide I like.

Diane said...

jan, I know what you mean about blogging. The writing part is a good discipline. but I have to figure out a way to go to the next step on the writing, really developing a piece. blogging may get in the way with that.

mompriest said...

Wow, that's an impressive list...I want to find a new job, and go to the college of preachers Preaching and Poetry session in February. I want to do yoga more often and meditate again. And, I just want to enjoy life...

Diane said...

Mompriest, that preaching and poetry session, wow, that sounds awesome. wish I could go. I'd like to go to the festival of homiletics this year, too.

dust bunny said...

I REALLY need to stop chewing my fingernails.....quite a loft goal, don't ya think? Your list is better. :)

Diane said...

no, dust bunny, I LIKE yours. very practical...there's another resolution. be more practical.

David said...

I'm not one for resolutions, but I think I could handle #5. I'm fairly consistent in my failures.

Presbyterian Gal said...

The only resolution I will make any more is to resolve to finish what is in front of me. And if that happens to be a whipped cream covered slice of pecan pie, well so be it!

You have an admirable list.

Barbara B. said...

I'm with presbyterian gal... pass the pie :)

(Actually I'll have to ponder my list!)

RevDrKate said...

Diane I think that is a splendid list! I'm not not doing resolutions but things I plan to be "intentional" about...and will post the list as it is complete.

RevDrKate said...

Not a long list, but an intentional one is posted at my place.

Douglas said...

I will spend the next 21 days installing a habit of being more spontaneous on a regular basis.

I will be more assertive...well, as long as it's ok with everybody.

You are far more righteous than I, as you are contemplating resolutions. At any moment, I could choose to become a better person. What moment shall I choose?

Diane said...

Douglas, what everyone appears to have missed is that I said, these are the resolutions I WOULD make, IF I were the resolution-making sort of person.

I don't know how righteous I am.

Kathryn said...

Coming in late here (and like the other clergy, I'd much rather have latecomers than no-showers)Id' not intended to do much by way of resolving anything...but there are so many good ideas abounding online, so I have jumped in too.

gartenfische said...

Number 9 is my favorite. It would help with number 4. :)