Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Year Resolutions

So, I've been thinking about posting my New Year resolutions, but I only have three so far:

1. Lose weight -- I want to lose 20 pounds because I recently gained weight and my clothes are too tight.
2. Work on relearning Hebrew -- I am really weak in Hebrew and have to spend some time relearning it so I'm going to continue translating Genesis. Also, I'm a little rusty on Greek and need to work on that as well but I'm taking Acts and Paul so that will help a lot.
3. Cleaning out the toy/computer/junk room so that my husband can use it as a den/TV room/office

I'm sure I should probably say something spiritual like, read the Bible more or pray more or be more like Jesus but that's a given, right? Along those lines, here's a link to Jonathan Edward's list of resolutions.

Is anyone else working on their list? Here's a list of the common top ten resolutions. And if you really need help, you could take this quiz. I put in "lose weight" and I got this list:

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet pig

2) Eat more nuts

3) Travel to Mexico

4) Study artificial intelligence

5) Get in shape with pilates


Relearn Hebrew elicits this:

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet pony

2) Eat less onions

3) Travel to New Zealand

4) Study communism

5) Get in shape with pilates


Updated to add for the Carnival:I decided to add, read some of the books that I have on my "to read" list and to accomplish this goal, I joined the Chunkster Challenge. Hopefully publicly listing the book I intend to read will help motivate me to finish them.

I think that these goals all boil down to discipline, I want the discipline to do the things I don't want to do. I want to lose weight but I don't want to give up chocolate though I'm hopeful that I'll want good health more than I want chocolate. I've been able to do it in the past, hopefully I can do it in the future as well.

I know that some people don't like to make resolutions they won't keep but I like to look at the new year as a fresh start, a time to reflect on what I wanted to accomplish and didn't and a renewed commitment to do so. If I give up and allow myself to face the new year with the expectation that nothing will change, then I take away the hope of never growing in areas that I really need to grow in.

But the most amazing thing is that even my failures lead to growth. I know my pitfalls in dieting, in fact I've become quite the expect in how not to lose weight :-) and now I can help others (like my husband and kids) to avoid those pitfalls. And each time I relearn Greek and Hebrew, it reinforces what I was originally taught. My failures lead to growth.
“Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness” Jean Vanier
Not by learning to live with our failures but learning that it's a struggle, one that I haven't given up on.

7 Comments:

  1. Moonshadow said...
    I resolved one year to run more yellow lights. That worked well for me ... until I had children.

    Last year, my resolution was to keep a diary for my kids to read someday. A journal of the funny things they say and do and our shared experiences.

    But, I type faster than I write, so that journal has morphed into my blog.

    Que sera, sera.

    This year, my resolution is to stop balancing my checkbook.

    Actually, I haven't balanced it in four years, so I'm fairly certain that I can keep this resolution.

    In fact, I changed my method of entry from double-line to single-line, so that I'm not even tempted to strike a balance!
    michele said...
    So, I see that you only make doable resolutions. That's practical :-)
    Tasra Dawson said...
    Sounds like you've got some good ideas. Translating Genesis sounds pretty daunting, but fabulous if you're able to make it happen! Stopping by from the Carnival!
    Gattina said...
    I make my resolutions (if I make some) from day to day that's easier to keep, lol ! Besides that, I don't know what I would really love to change. My belly I put on in Egypt with the good food will go away from alone as always. I do the only valuable diet in the world : "eat the half" or "half of the half" or have you ever seen fat people in poor countries ?
    I admire you for learning hebrew !
    Vicki said...
    I was here and would like to comment longer but I dno't have time.

    i will be back!!!
    LeftCoastOnlooker said...
    enjoy your Greek & Hebrew!
    daily time spent in these languages is so enriching & increases our understanding of Scripture. My dh uses a computer program to challenge his vocab & translation. The last time I checked, he was working on Revelation. I'll have to ask him, again, where he's at.
    IRENE said...
    I wish you the best with this year's resolutions. I think they are well balanced: a physical one, that is bound to help your spirit, a new learning challenge that will certainly make you grow spiritually and a practical one to keep your hands busy and your spirit grounded. Go ahead! I shall be visiting to get inspired!

    Oh and I love quizes, so I'm heading for that right now. See what I come up with!

    Happy and blessed 2007.

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