Happy New Year! It’s funny to think that I am writing this in 2009 (Thursday) and you’ll be reading it in 2010 (Friday). I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve. Mine undoubtedly will be boring, since I’ve learned the hard way in years past that the kids will still get up at the same time in the morning, regardless of how late we stayed up the night before.
Looking out my window and seeing neighbors unloading unmarked brown bags from the trunks of their cars reminds me that it’s once again time for my semi-annual Matthew 22:39 Challenge, where I struggle to see my neighbors’ love of all-night fireworks extravaganzas in a charitable light. Perhaps this afternoon I’ll sit down with them and show them my “Pros and Cons of Setting Off Fireworks” chart that I detailed in this post where I came out as a Fireworks Scrooge:
I am a big New Year’s Resolutions person. I recently heard someone point out that in order to make a big lifestyle change it’s necessary to do something drastic break out of the “orbit” of your old ways (e.g. strict Phase I starts of diets), and I find the new year a perfect opportunity to give myself that extra push. My only problem is that I’m not yet sure what my goals are for this year. Maybe you guys could give me some inspiration: What are your New Year’s resolutions?
For those of you with blog-related goals for the coming year, Michael Hyatt’s recent post about top mistakes bloggers make has some excellent food for thought. One of the best lists of its kind that I’ve seen.
If you’re looking for some inspiration/food for thought regarding topics like prayer and detachment (or if you’ve ever fantasized about moving into a cave where you’re not surrounded by chaos and constant noise for a while — not that I’d know anything about that) I highly recommend setting aside an hour to watch this video about a desert hermit that I posted earlier this year. Fascinating stuff.
I had something else written for this take, but just before I hit Publish I went to check the mail, and I saw that we got our yearly note from our mystery friend in San Antonio whom I told you about in #2 here! I now have her name as well, since this year it was printed on the return address. I got a little teary-eyed when I saw that the same P.S. she included last year was at the bottom of her note about how much she enjoyed our Christmas card:
P.S. I lost [my husband] in May 2008. I really miss him. We were married for 67 years.
Please keep our new friend in your prayers!
I’m off to start a French Cream of Lentil soup from my Monastery Soups cookbook, which for some reason I thought would be the perfect thing to have on a chilly New Year’s Eve night. Happy New Year, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!