Happy 2013: The Year of Living CPosted: January 1, 2013
How is it 2013 already? Annually I inevitably ask, ”Why does the end of year have to come at the same time as Christmas?” There’s just too much to do and plan in such a short amount of time.
I do have some big plans for 2013, and the resolutions that go with them all happen to begin with the letter C. Hence “The Year of Living C”. By posting these resolutions, I am now accountable to you for putting them into action. Please help me to remember them.
This is the healthy living portion of my annual “Lighten Up” resolution. This year I want to focus on condensing (a/k/a reducing) my consumption and my stuff. We all know that too much of anything (except love) is not good. I hope that the word “Condense” can become my mantra
for shrinking this 50-something belly fat (thank you, menopause) and leading me to a more organized life with less clutter in my home and in my brain.
I really want to “Consider” all others whom I meet. Years ago, I was part of a DOCC (Disciple of Christ in Community) group at my church. One of the many wonderful results of it was the renewed conscience awareness of Christ’s presence in every human being. The awakening of what should not have been a revelation helped me begin to really try to make a connection with each person whom I encountered. Over time since that year-long course, I have gotten lazy in my efforts, but the recent wave of “Random Acts of Kindness” have reminded me that it is time to start refocusing on others.
Ironically, this wave of kindness, sometimes accompanied by a cute little card like the ones above that I spotted on Pinterest, has arisen from the ashes of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook and has reminded me that the light of God dwells in each one of us. How then can I not be considerate of each person whom I encounter? I also need to remember that consideration starts at home, and then I can carry this practice out into the world.
My son’s school has been telling us that the buzz word for education in the 2010s is “Collaboration”. Without collaboration, our children will not be able to navigate the global economy that they will face as adults.
2013 is the year that I embrace collaboration. Much more news on that will be coming soon, so please stay tuned. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
In the meantime, what have you got planned for 2013? I look forward to seeing it all unfold.
The happiest of New Years to you and your loved ones!