Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Time to make all kinds of promises to myself that I know I am not going to be able to keep.
Let's see: go through the One Year Bible, track my food every day, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, keep the house clean, do my taxes before the end of January, be kinder and gentler. As much as I want to do these things, I know there will be days I miss the mark.
So this year, I decided to make a different kind of resolution: I am RESOLVED to learn to like the things in my life that I am supposed to do anyway!
For example, I love having a clean house, but I don't love cleaning it. If I could learn to at least like doing those little househouse chores that I find so annoying (and a clean cat box would make everybody happier) then wouldn't my life in general be more enjoyable? And if I can't find a way to really like poop scooping then maybe, at least, I can scoop with my thoughts on the happy outcome of a temporarily fresh kitty box.
I want to learn to love how great I feel after a brisk morning walk. And to focus on that feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day when I've stayed within my points limit. I want to relish and look forward to twenty minutes each morning reading the Bible, which will put me in a good frame of mind for the whole day.
There's such a tension between what we want to do and what we ought to do. But if I want to do what I should, then life would be beautiful indeed.