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Wow! I cannot believe I am finally writing January 1, 2017 across the screen. Taking a deep sigh into the new year. Years seem to go so much faster as you get older. As a child, this was never the case – everything seemed to go so slowly (are we there yet?!). But now that I am on the upward climb to 40 the whole wide world and life seems to race passed at a speed I can never catch.
So, I am going to stop trying. My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions? Stop trying to chase life and live.
Resolving to Live Awake
All the plans and programs will start tomorrow: January 2, 2017. After we clean up from the holidays and turn in to face our real lives again, we will resolve to do a whole bunch of new or not so new things in 2017. Even though we know what the experts say about people and their new year’s resolutions and how most resolutions will never reach February we will step into making plans and changing our lives all in one big clump anyways.
It’s our thing – these new year’s resolutions.
We race after what we think we need to do to change our lives for the better:
- eat healthier
- exercise more
- take up a new spiritual practice
- leave our church
- find a new church
- get more or less involved
- read the Bible every day or a new book from our list every single week
- Say Yes more; say No more
- Invest in our spouse, or our kids, or ourselves
- Find a better job
- Save more money
- Buy the house or the car
We chase after the life we think we should have and are terribly disappointed when we cannot seem to make it work the way we thought it should/would.
I get it. I am guilty of this too. I’ve tried finding legitimacy and substance in all the wrong places.
How Do We Find the Very, Best Life?
Close your eyes for a moment. Take a deep breath in and exhale out. Now open your eyes. Here’s a little secret. The good life? You are already living it. The beautiful life is already around us and within us. You can’t Google it – you have to simply be.
Life has merely been waiting for you to wake up, open our eyes, and live.
The expansiveness of a beautiful, deep life was right there in front of us the whole time – no holy book or special prayer or costly seminar/conference/mentor required.
The only essential ingredient to finding and living a beautiful life? Being awake for it.
So, this year I am going to FOCUS on leaning into the very beautiful life I have already been given. It isn’t the paint colors on the walls, or the pricey purchases, or the educational/career attainments or the status of our bank accounts which matter in the long run.
It is the very real giggles of our children, the riotous laughter we share with our spouse, the loving presence of our people, and the abundant goodness of waking up every day to something fresh, lovely, and new – a new day. Even the messy, ugly-cry, hard life is beautiful in some way.
The very beautiful, lovely, true, and holy? It is standing right in front of you. Wake up, open your eyes, take a breath, and live.
Happy New Year.
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- Join our Facebook group Conversations From the Front Porch for a safe place to deconstruct, love your life, find the beautiful, and get real about the ugly. It’s private. And quiet.
- Book Recommendation (AFFILIATE): The Year of Yes by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was one of my favorite books last year. As a working mother, she gives truth and laughter to her own personal Year of Yes and what it looks like to be a successful mother and a successful writer/creator/woman.