January 1st: a day a resolutions. Often, a day to dust off last year's resolutions and begin anew. This "wash, rinse, repeat" method of goal-setting tends to bring guilt to some, and to make others throw up their hands and say, "Forget it!" To any of you who wish the focus on resolutions would just go away, might I suggest a different perspective?
". . . by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. . ." (Alma 37:6)
Small steps, repeated daily, make me who I am. Sometimes I tend to underestimate the power of routine. I discount the simple steps, and look for something more to make me who I want to be.
In 2013, I ran a 10K race for the first time ever. Last year, I ran two 10Ks. I've already signed up for two to be held in 2015, and plan to add in at least one more. However, in the month of December I hardly ran at all. My next 10K race is in a couple of weeks. I'm woefully unprepared for it.
Like those who feel guilt over the thought of resolutions, I still fight with myself mentally regarding my accomplishments. Am I a real runner? NO, and yes. No, because I don't look like a runner, I'm not fast, I haven't run much lately, and I've never run a marathon (and, truth be told, I don't even want to run 26.2 miles in one stretch!) Yes, because. . . well, I've run.
Running one step is not difficult. Consistently running day after day is a challenge, but instead of beating myself up for days missed, I need to focus on the positive, pick myself up, and just start again.
So, while my 2015 resolutions look eerily like my _____(pick a year, any year) resolutions, I'm OK with that. I'm learning to be patient with myself. I'm learning to look not so much for a finish line, but to recognize the blessings of the small steps along the way. Unless I reach perfection in the next 12 months (and please don't imagine that I think that is possible!), my 2016 resolutions will look like this year's resolutions. And that's OK.
Setting resolutions allows me to recommit myself to those things that are important to me. Is my physical health as great as it can be? Is there room for improvement in my spiritual health? In my relationships with others? In prioritizing my time? Every year, as I set resolutions to improve, I am acknowledging the importance of those things in my life. I am planning to do a little better. And by each small and simple thing, I become more of who I really, truly am.
Thankful thought: I'm thankful that the small things count.