This year, my resolution is to be more mindful. Yes, that's all. I'm in the middle of reading a book called "The Year of Living Biblically," in which the author attempts to identify and follow all the laws and principles set forth by the Bible, even, he notes, if certain religions don't follow theses laws anymore. What results is not only the intended humor of certain misunderstandings of seemingly strange rules, but the surprise of a new understanding of spirituality. Maybe, he realizes, it isn't necessary to delve into every law and simultaneously follow each to the the T. Maybe it isn't even possible. But taking time out to try to follow as many good rules as you can remind yourself of at once can only result positively!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I usually don't make New Year's Resoultions. I don't recall ever feeling like I needed to resolve to change anything about myself. But this year I realized maybe these infamous resolutions (akin to Joseph's failed attempts year after year to quit smoking, and countless females who vow to lose weight whether they really need to or not-) don't have to be about changing yourself by denying yourself something. It's the New Year, not Lent, after all. Change for the better is what it's all supposed to be about, so why are people constantly picking resolutions that make them crabby? This is why nobody keeps them!