Monday, December 31, 2012

Questions for the New Year

I found this list of questions through Jen Dary's blog and felt moved to pen my own answers.  I appreciated its focus on the bigger picture of what I value and how that translates into my dreams, hopes, and goals for the coming year.

1. Because I want 2013 to count, I'm going to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good and just do.  I've been putting things on hold, waiting until the rest of my life is in perfect order, which we all know never happens.  It's time to get started.

2. Because fear of failure is no longer a good enough reason not to do it, in 2013 I will be brave with what I write.  Too often I try to make my thoughts and opinions more palatable out of fear of offending someone, or if I'm being more honest, out of fear of being judged.  If people don't like what I write, they don't have to read it, but why even bother if I'm not willing to take risks?

3. Because I listened to the whispers inside, in 2013 I will take concrete steps to become a writer.  Why is so scary to just write that?  Probably because it makes me feel like I have created too many expectations and that people will be disappointed with what I produce, but I suppose that's the reason for number one.

4. Because things that brought me joy in childhood still do, in 2013 I will read for fun.  Often.  And instead of watching television.

5. Because simple pleasures are so rich, in 2013 I will appreciate the ordinary.

6. Because my body has served me so beautifully all of these years, in 2013 I will honor it by listening to what it needs.  No rigid rules or restrictions, just striving for balance.

7. Because the world needs my service, in 2013 I will remember that the work I do every day--helping my child grow into his own little person--is my service to the world in this season of life.  

8. Because of the remarkable people who have loved me and made me who I am, in 2013 I know that I have a community who will allow me draw on their love and support when I feel overwhelmed.  There is no shame in asking for help.

9. Because I am willing to believe in the power of forgiveness, in 2013 I will let go of the resentment I feel toward friends who disappeared after the birth of my son.  Like most situations, blame lies with both parties, and pointing fingers only leads to bitterness.

10. Because the silence has gone on long enough, in 2013 I will speak out for gay marriage, even when it's uncomfortable.  Change is coming, and it can't come soon enough.

11. Because I am so blessed, in 2013 I will focus on gratitude.

12. Because I vow to be more radical, in 2013 I will submit a piece of my writing for publication.

13. Because I want, in the last days of my life, to remember this year with tears of gratitude, in 2013 I will consciously limit my time in front of screens so I can better prioritize my family, friends, and dreams.  Because let's be honest, how likely is it that at the end of my life I'm going to wish that I had checked Facebook one more time?  Not very.

So here's to a new year.  2013, I look forward to getting to know you.

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