Typically, I like to think of January 1st as a brand new era, a crystalline future with no failures clouding the sky. A fresh day with “no mistakes in it”. (At least not yet, as the Miss Staceys always have to add). A time to turn over new leaves, swear off the bad, and revel in the clarity of new beginnings.
But this year…this year, I will not start off by turning over a new leaf. I won’t start by making a clean break of everything I’ve done over the past year, and I won’t hide away all of the lessons I have learned.
Instead, I choose to look upon this coming year as a continuation of my journey through life. Oh, I love the fact that mentally I can look upon this as a new chapter, the 22nd, an uncomposed expanse of white pages that I can fill, but it is just that – a new chapter. 21 chapters have come before it, and have shaped the general plot of this new one, while preparing it to spin a completely new twist, a mystery, a cliff-hanger.
It’s still a puzzle to me, this 22nd chapter of my life. So much to accomplish, to see, to explore this year, and I would be a liar if I did not admit that I am sincerely excited to start a new year, for it does feel like a twist in the road – and I love a good mystery. Still and yet, I purpose to take what I have learned in the past chapters to strengthen me for the next; so, here’s what I have learned:
- That goal-setting, though daunting and presumptious feeling, is invaluable. And I haven’t done enough of it. I shall do more this year.
- Wearing high-heeled boots makes me four inches taller and extremely confident. (Note to self: yesterday was the first time for this milestone – it shall not be the last. Anything that raises my 5′ 3.5 in. self up that much and allows me to stare down at 10 year old children? Invaluable.)
- All new beginnings need a good beginning. Treat each new day as just that – a fresh start, a refreshed mindset to complete my goals.
- Start each day reading the Bible, which is the best beginning of all. This has severely lacked of late in my life, and it’s an area that I sorely need wisdom in.
- Finish my book, using techniques that I will learn throughout this coming year, and utilizing previously learned skills. (I don’t know what those are, but it sounded good. So hey…)
- Live unselfconsciously. It’s selfish – and I know that. Selfconscious never loses sight of the precious self. But I want to. People are so needy, and, God willing, I want to help fill that need with His love.
- Catapult out of the comfort zone this year – whether it’s a missions trip, taking on a scary responsibility, or simply trusting God, the most frightening of all – I don’t want to live life safely. I want it to be written, directed, and acted by the Lord.
So, 2013. Well-met. Let’s get on with the adventure, shall we?