Friday, December 28, 2012
Resolutions, Book Challenges, and such
Every year, around this time, I am pouring feverishly over my list of goals and book challenges that I want to accomplish for the upcoming year. I make a list, and cross off what seems impractical and keep what I think I could actually obtain. I am not linking up within this post to any of my past resolutions/goal/challenges lists - they're now rather embarrassing and over the top. I usually over do it, AND, every year, I usually fail miserably. Okay, not miserably as that would imply I became emotionally attached to said goal/challenges, but fail I do.
2013 is the year of NO resolutions and NO book challenges.
First and foremost, I am not too fond of the upcoming year's number. It really does not lend itself to any exciting anticipation of fresh starts, new things to conquer and all that. 2013 is a number to live through with hopefully some humility and grace. Although, one thing great about this number is that it does represent the year that Eva-Marie will graduate from high school, and Benjamin graduates from college. Beyond that, 2013, the number, is not much more than that to me, an odd number, and I am not too fond of odd numbers especially 13 - for whatever reason. (23, 11, 15, and 31 - I do like).
Which brings me to this....
2013 is not a year for a list of goals and book challenges, but it is a year to keep a few things in focus during my daily living.
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- Bible (reading and understanding)
- Books in general: no challenges per se, but will join in on discussions and such as my life sees fit.
- Reading in general: No lists of books to read. I will read books as my mood chooses.
- Books read in a year: I will participate in the GoodReads' 2013 Reading Challenge but only because its a great way, at a glance, to see how many books I have read throughout the year. I am not stuck on a number of books to read but will choose 48 as a "goal" number.
- Books Purchased: I do like my 2012 Book Manifesto even though I did not keep track all that well on the post, I did keep track over at Goodreads: 2012 Books Purchased. The focus, however, still suits my desire to not over buy, and to read what I already own. I will tweak my 2013 Book Manifesto to better fit what I have discovered for myself during 2012.
- Health and Fitness: a way of life. No fads, simple. Exercise and whole food/ less processed food eating. Been doing that; not perfectly. Will keep doing it; probably not perfectly. A way of life.
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That's pretty much it. I covered a few major areas of my life; a general focus list rather than a list of specific goals and challenges laid out with how to accomplish.
Family? nothing mentioned about family/relationships? Yes, they are there. the beauty of God is family is enveloped right in.
2013 does not inspire resolutions or goal setting, per se. The number is simply not inspiring. What is honestly and most sincerely inspiring is the knowledge of how much God loves me....loves you. That is my drive and ultimate focus for 2013. I hope and pray I don't waver from that inspiration.
Yearly resolutions and goals do not really do it for me. Yet, there is something to be said about resolving to do something more purposefully. It dawned on me, after reading From This Life To The Next, that maybe creating a Life Mission Statement could be a good thing. Something similar to Jonathan Edwards but not quite as intense or extensive.
Do you make resolutions/goals for the New Year? If so, what lands as your priority resolution/goal? If you don't make resolutions/goals, why not?
What do you think about creating a Life Mission Statement?
What do you think of the number 2013?
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Go read From This Life To The Next and The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards