Marks In The Snow
hear a lot of people talking about New Year’s resolutions.
Some say, “I can’t keep
them” or “Aw, I never make resolutions.”
Perhaps the real problem is that we have trouble changing. We get comfortable in our way of life and even if things
aren’t good, at least they are familiar.
the years go by, our resolutions seem to lose some enthusiasm.
They might go something like this:
I will walk 3 miles each day on my new treadmill
I will walk on my treadmill at least twice a week
I will stop using my treadmill for a coat rack
spite of the fact that my own persistence seems to wane as the year wears on, I
still like the idea of making resolutions.
It is the spirit of not giving up that is important.
think of the year ahead like a carpet of new fallen snow that has not yet been
marred by footprints or marks of any kind.
It lies before us so perfect and beautiful but it won’t remain that way
for long. Before we know it, we
must get out in the snow and make our own marks and tracks.
Soon, we will see all kinds of impressions and paths in the snow.
We will see everything from clumps of dirty, icy mud to the prints of
snow angels made by children at play.
all a part of our attitude. As we
close out the old year, we are on the brink of a brand new set of months ahead
of us and we think, “maybe, just maybe I can do better.”
Perhaps, this time, we can lose those extra pounds, give up a bad habit,
improve our behavior, or build a better relationship. Alexander Pope said, “Hope
springs eternal in the human breast” Even though there are circumstances
in our lives that can get us down, we can look forward to beginning again and
doing what we can do to improve our lives according to how we are able.
resolutions can have a positive effect on other people too.
Some resolutions may even involve asking someone else to join us in
reaching a goal.
case you need some incentive or ideas, I have written a few ideas below:
Learn something new! Is
there something you have always wanted to learn how to do but have just never
an exercising routine: (Did I say that?) Beginning
an exercise routine will rejuvenate you, increase your energy and improve your
more time with family: If you have children at home, take one evening a week for
family night. Turn off the TV, VCR,
and computer and play games, read stories, or make cookies together.
Have a date night with your spouse or even make a date with your
teenager. My daughter has never
forgotten “Dinner with Daddy” with just the two of them spending some time
together in a nice restaurant on her birthday.
Clean out closets and decide what doesn’t fit or what you really want
to keep and then donate the extras to charity.
That coat in the closet that just hangs there might keep someone else
warm this winter.
to read more:
The library is full of books just waiting to be read and it won’t cost you a
penny. Find a brand new book that
you are interested in or better yet, a favorite old classic like Tom Sawyer,
or Little Women. A
book can keep you company or take you away to lands unknown and books are easy
to take with you wherever you go.
We do a lot of things for our physical and emotional well-being and often
neglect our spiritual health. C.S.
Lewis said about our journey here on earth: "We are not human beings
having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human
experience." Maybe it’s
a good time to begin a Bible study or become part of a fellowship of believers.
Perhaps there is a friend or relative that you need to forgive.
Forget about whose fault it was and realize that it is the relationship
that is important. Remember that bitterness is an acid that destroys
it’s own container. Let it go and
“mend fences” and know a real peace in your heart.
Many hospitals, churches, nursing homes, and benevolent organizations
need volunteers. This is a great
way to start the New Year and you will reap much more than you sow.
As the New Year comes around, what kind of marks will you make in the snow?