Rethinking New Year Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions
It’s the beginning of a new year and like so many I’ve been thinking about new year resolutions. Should I list my resolutions? Or would they more accurately be termed goals? Are my aspirations realistic? It could require several weeks to establish a good habit. How can I take the next step and turn it into a lifestyle? For example, praying for myself daily – then transitioning into everyday consistency. Should I focus on self-care or on simplifying my life? Today’s financial health or future retirement? Perhaps reading the Bible or all of Mrs. Eddy’s published writings?
A new year offers many opportunities for growth, but sometimes one is faced with more choices than one can sort through. Then the devil pops in and questions, “why bother sorting when they will all fall by the wayside in 30 days anyway?”
But we can look ahead to the year in a more constructive way, one that brings lasting growth, not mere lip service. I am reminded of a beautiful passage from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy: “A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.” She goes on to write, ”Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Miscellaneous Writings 354: 15, 24)
Thinking about the year ahead and expressing a “little more grace” with my fellow man (or family member), a “motive made pure” in my work and church interactions, a “few truths tenderly told” instead of verbal sparring, a “heart softened” in my thought and approach, would restore right thinking and bring spiritual growth into my experience. All of this progress, of course, is much more than a list of resolutions. It is the consistent daily desire to be better — to see ourselves and those around us in a better, more spiritual light, the light of Love which brings healing to ourselves, our co-workers, the patients we care for, and our community. What better way to greet the new year!
I look forward to sharing all the progress happening at Clearview Home in the coming months!
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