Okay, we have now officially entered 2009. If I can wish for anything this New Years Day, it would be for less sadness in our family and around the world. Our family was hit with tremendous sadness from Florida to California this year, and I hope that 09 will give us grace and strength to move forward.
At the Bice’s New Years Day party we talked about Resolutions. So really what is a resolution?
Middle English resolution, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolution, from Latin resolution-, resolution, from resolver
1: the act or process of resolving: as a: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones b: the act of answering :solving c: the act of determining d: the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance e: the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents f (1): the division of a prosodic element into its component parts
The good news is based on the above definition I am pretty good at resolutions but the fact is (like Christie said) we are setting goals…not resolutions, people. Goals I would say I am at about 80% and would love to do better. It is pretty funny how the tough things, completing my first MS 150 mile bike ride or becoming a LEED accredited professional by the end of 08 I achieve but the little simple goals that are probably much more important I am not quite as good achieving. So what are your goals?
Someday I would like to complete the Rachel Carson hike…. ride my bike to DC and take the train back… master Adobe Photoshop (that probably won’t happen in my lifetime)…. learn a little more about photography….. go on a long vacation with my family (probably won’t happen either).
Now for 2009, I think my focus is more on my relationships as a mother, wife, friend, volunteer and commercial real estate executive. So how do I wear all of those hats and wear them well? Not quite sure but I will certainly give it a try.
A video that I watched with our journey group a couple of months ago left an impact on me. Rob Bell (http://www.nooma.com/) 020 Shells told a story about his family on the beach and how his kids were picking up sea shells and playing in the sand. His son saw a starfish and Rob told him to get it. His son moved towards it but never grasped it; he just kept coming back without it. Finally, he said just to get the starfish, and his son came within its reach but then turned back and ran to his dad. His dad asked him why he didn’t get the starfish and his son said that he couldn’t because his hands were filled with sea shells.
Isn’t that story so true about our lives? We are so busy all the time. We are so crowded with our parties, commitments, activities, etc. that when something that needs us is right in front of us, we don’t have any arms to reach out and grab it. Ever since this video I have made a huge effort, not to over commit and complicate any situation. I don’t want to fill my hands with sea shells and ever miss grabbing the starfish. What would our world be like if we all just slowed down and gave 110% to the commitments we made, focused on the few truly important things in our lives…. is everything else that important?