At the risk of boring some of the long-time readers of this blog, I'm once again posting my list of New Year's intentions, as I've done twice before. I hear from readers that this list has been meaningful and that it has been borrowed, adopted, adapted, and printed out. May it be helpful and welcome yet another year.
The list is largely the same as I when I posted it last year but for a few changes. As before, I use the word "intention" rather than "resolution," because it implies something to work toward, move toward, rather than something at which you either succeed or fail. Part of the reason I like to revisit this list – need to revisit this list – is because these are things I still keep moving toward myself. The process is lifelong.
Here's what I'm intending:
- Experiment more.
- Create more; consume less.
- Trust more; worry less.
- Read more; write more; watch less.
- Write more of what lasts longer.
- Waste less time.
- Spend more time in "creative idleness".
- Spend less; save more.
- Pray more, including for the people who read the words I write.
- Use more paper, lots of paper.
- Use a pen more, a keyboard less.
- Love more.
- Talk less but say more.
- Figure out how patience and urgency co-exist.
- Hope always.
- Cook more; eat less.
- Start sewing again.
- Play the piano more.
- Pursue truth, beauty, and goodness at every opportunity; realize every moment is an opportunity.
- Stand up straighter.
- Speak more often in the strength of my own voice.
- Find the way to do what needs to be done; sit quietly and wait for the Lord.
- Accept paradox.
- Pray more, pray without ceasing.
- Hope more absolutely.
- Be more available to and vulnerable with God and others.
- See the signs, ask for signs; be more willing to step into the unknown.
- Use less; have less; give more away.
- Shorten my to-do lists.
- More intentionally be a conduit for the flow of God's grace to the world.
- Be silent more often.
- Pray more fervently for safety coast to coast but live less fearfully.
- Remind myself as often as needed where true hope lies.
- Start fewer projects but finish more of those I start.
- Be encouraged.
- Be excited.
- Hope more purely.
- Be more attuned to the burdens of the people I pass on the street as well as those with whom I share a table or a home.
- Love God with ever more of my heart, soul, strength, and mind.
- Thank more.
- Eat less sugar but more dark chocolate.
I'd love to hear some of your intentions. If you want, you can share them in the comments below or on Twitter (@NancyNordenson).
[Photo: taken of berries and bare branches this week at the American Swedish Institute.]