I have decided not to make New Year’s Resolutions this year. I have come to believe they are a misnomer anyway.
What I am really doing during these times of reflection is forming intentions – intentions founded upon ideas – which will come as no surprise to my Charlotte Mason friends.
These ideas percolate into intentions that when acted upon with purpose, despite and in the midst of obstacles and hardships, finally become resolutions. My intentions won’t make it to resolution without a lot of struggle along the way actually doing what I intend to do. And they start with an idea.
It is as we seize upon such thought with intention, act upon it with purpose, struggle, with resolution, against obstacles, that we attain to character and usefulness in the world. Ourselves, Book 2, p. 164.
The idea that has been swirling in my mind for the last few months is few – a small, unassuming word. But, much can be done with the idea of few.
This is the time when many pick a word for the year, and I have settled on few….or rather, I feel it has more or less settled on me.
This year, I will embrace a few intentions – a few new habits, a few household tasks, a few changes at a time, whatever it is….just a few.