Resolutions for 2009
For this year, I have some new resolutions, some more concrete and some more elusive.
The big overarching theme for the year is balance. This will be a year for establishing new patterns of work and play. I want to find a healthy balance between work/ministry/family/self, with particular emphases on writing, exercise and marriage care, because these are the things I am more likely to let slip and take advantage of their good nature or lack of urgent clamor. I'm now realizing that I will go crazy if I don't make time to write, just as I would go broke if I didn't make time for a job. And in between I have a family, and Quaker commitments, and I need sleep. So I'm looking for a flexible rather than a rigid balance in my life in 2009.
In the more mundane, I commit to buying and consuming more organic/fair trade products and less of everything else. This has financial, environmental and nutritional trade-offs. Organic meat costs more, but we ought to eat less of it anyway. If we ate less processed and packaged snacks, I could afford to make organic granola the way I really like it. Another item that's on my list is new towels. (Nothing like getting ready for houseguests to make you look at things and realize that every fifteen years or so, new towels would be a fine choice.) But I'm waiting to get organic cotton versions. Later this year, when I've saved a little more money for the project. About a year and a half ago, there were really nice, reasonably priced organic towels at Target. But we couldn't afford all new towels then, so I just bought a couple of hand towels. I still regret my decision, however prudent it may have been then.
On a very personal note, I have to give up caffeine. It's just not good for me. It upsets my digestive system more than my nervous system. (But I like coffee and tea and chocolate, I whine. Can't I just commit to fair trade versions? No, Robin, that's not the point. Taking care of your health is more important. Darn. Goes my internal dialogue.)
Last, but not least, I'm experimenting with "Give to everyone who asks of you." I specifically mean people on the street who ask me for money. I'm trying to keep a little change in my pocket and a supply of granola bars in my purse. Since I'm back to taking public transit and walking a few blocks in the city every day, I am being asked more often than I had been for a long time. I'm trying to just say yes, and not worry if it's not much, or what people will do with the money. I'm practicing one of Jesus's teachings. And I'm taking some time on my walk(s) every day to check in with God. Which feels like a good contribution to the original goal of finding a balance.
Anyone else want to share your resolutions for the coming year? And do you think it's Quakerly to make New Year's Resolutions anyway?
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