All that stuff in that prayer, and then some…
A few people recently have asked me about my New Year’s resolutions, if I make them and what, if any, they are. My answer has been, I’m not resolving to do anything special that I don’t already do anyway. And that’s sort of the truth.
The fact is that there are so many resolutions I’d like to make, I hardly know where to start, and the sheer number of things I’d like to accomplish makes my head swim. Of course, as a weight loss patient, I deal with the daily ongoing battle of me versus the scale (one I feel like I am losing right now, by the way), me versus my nutrient levels, me versus the urge to comfort myself with poor food choices. Me versus me.
A lot of my wish-list-to-do items are small and seemingly random. Reed gave me a gift certificate so I could go and get some of my rings sized down. That needs to happen soon…and I’ll get to it.
My solution of using Band-Aids to snug them up (what I call my Redneck Ring Sizing Kit) is kind of pathetic, and I need to get them properly sized. Several watches need new batteries as well. One trip to the jeweler will take care of a number of items.
I did some baking for Christmas, and I’d forgotten how much pleasure I take from making something delicious to share with people. I’d like to bake more in the coming year. To SHARE. I don’t need to be baking a bunch of tasty stuff and eating it all (refer back to paragraph 2). But sharing is good. I believe it pleases God when we share.
Very slowly, I’ve been photographing some local signs and landmarks and adding those pictures to a Facebook album. There are lots more places I want to capture, especially the ones that are not going to be around much longer, at least, not in the form I’ve grown up with. So spending some time just out and about with my camera is one of my wish-list-to-do things. And sooner rather than later.
All those are concrete, measurable goals. The real challenge I face is trying to find peace. Life is complicated sometimes, and relationships aren’t always easy. I’ve struggled lately with hurt feelings and a broken heart because things change. Traditions aren’t what they used to be; family is not what it used to be. Mama and the others who always held our family together are gone, and there’s no “glue” anymore. As I was told, “It is what it is,”. And that’s true.
It is my job to balance loving the challenging people in my life with protecting myself from the pain they sometimes bring me. I need to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. I have a feeling I’m not the only person who struggles with these issues. So in the coming year, I will pray and work to seek serenity, courage and wisdom. And peace.
God, grant me.