For me, the new year symbolizes a fresh start, full of promise and hope. As the busyness of Christmas draws to a close, it is a time to reflect on past accomplishments and failures. It is a time to evaluate myself, and try to be a better person; a new me.
I still struggle with finding the right balance in my life. My husband and I had a big discussion about this over the Christmas break. I find it difficult to relax, until my work is done. The problem is I am a perfectionist, and the work never seemed to be done. My "TO DO" list sometimes takes priority over my family relationships, especially the one with my husband.
Last year, as a family, we created a mission statement. This year, I want to play my part to make it a reality. But how? Several sites I frequent have discussed the idea of thinking about one word that describes the new year 2011. It could be what you hope for, what you are working on, or what you think the new year will bring. For me, the word that comes to mind is BALANCE.
Here's a few things I am going to try this year:
20 % of a given thing, will bring 80% of the results. This year, I will focus 80% of my time and energy on my Family Mission statement. This may mean saying no to people in my life, especially extended family members or our church community. Other times, it may be accepting something is "good enough" and not try to seek perfection.
Many times I try to do too many things at the same time with disastrous reasons. Often, I am not truly present to my family members. I give my children a hard time about not listening, however I am just as guilty. This year, I will focus on people over things.
Ditch the list:
This year, I will ditch my "to do" list. I have bought my husband and myself a pair of old fashion planners. If it is important, prayer time, quiet time, couple time, and family fun time, I will schedule it.
So what's your New Year's resolution? Do you have a word to describe your 2011?