Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year Resolutions

New Year resolutions bring to mind the self-improvements I promise myself every year: make better food choices and be more active to improve health and reduce weight and stress. To think kinder thoughts and be mindful of what I say. To be a more loving wife, a better parent, more organized and productive, both at home and the office. To finish projects, craft and home improvements.

How to prioritize all that I want to accomplish?

As I dwell on what should be done, I am reminded that life is a process, a journey. A journey we make by taking it one small decision at a time. I realize that during the day-to-day rush to get things done, I often loose sight of the very things I still am trying to install into my almost grown children.

One of which is: Choices. Small choices, big choices. "Make good decisions" has become a catch phrase.

What I want to do is to be more mindful of the decision making process.

Decisions. Am I making the small decisions that will lead me to make the correct Big Decisions when it faces me. Will I recognize a Big Decision when I come to it? Or will I, in my haste get on with life, think it only a trivial choice and bulldoze my way through it?

My Mama sent me a quote that got me to thinking about all of this:

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. ----Eleanor Roosevelt

My resolution this year will be to remain mindful of the important points in this quote.

As my children journey into adulthood, I will pray that the choices they make, will be made as a conscious decision towards their end goal, and not a knee-jerk reaction to, or rebellion against the choices I have made in my life's journey.

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