This is Part II to this post from last week where I wrote about the things I felt called to reflect on as I write my yearly list of resolutions.
I walked into Adoration about a week ago with a typically detailed list of what I wanted to accomplish in the New Year. As I said in my previous post, I walked out of the Adoration chapel with a completely different list. I felt a strong call to set aside a lot of the things I wanted to include, and commit to three resolutions alone. Here’s the list:
1. Every night before I go to bed, I will ask myself three questions about the next day (and give detailed, specific answers):
- “When will I pray?”
- “What will I eat?”
- “What are the essential things I need to accomplish tomorrow?”
It should only take about 30 seconds…yet I’ve been trying to do it over the past few days and have found it to be surprisingly hard to force myself to focus long enough to provide thorough answers to each question. Trying to implement this simple resolution makes me realize just how much I have a tendency to drift aimlessly through my days (as I mentioned in my previous post).
2. Through research and prayer I will come up with a plan to help me eat only foods that nourish me both physically and spiritually, and I’ll be obedient to that plan. There’s way too much to say about this resolution to cover in this post; I’ll go into it much more in the weeks to come. It has to do with what I’ve already written about focusing on the way food is impacting me both spiritually and physically, and detaching myself from foods that are not only unhealthy but come between my relationship with God and others.
3. I will plan to do “mini New Year” resolutions throughout the year. Once a year isn’t enough for me to take a big step back and look at where I am compared to where I need to be. I need to schedule a couple days throughout the year that I will treat like I treat New Year’s: days of reflection and renewal where I resolve to make changes I need to make. I’ve chosen the feast days of Easter (April 12 this year) and the Assumption (August 15) as my “mini New Year” days. I chose feast days as opposed to arbitrary calendar dates since they’re times of prayer, inspiration and celebration throughout the Church anyway.
So that’s my list! It’s helpful to share it with others so I’m not tempted to backtrack on what I’ve committed to. 🙂 If anyone else would like to share their list, I’d love to hear it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!