Almost time for those New Years' Resolutions again!
Here are last years':
If I look at how I actually did compared to what my goals were:
- Make it the rest of the way to Rivendell. Then find another journey to go on.
- Stay in my target weight range.
- Eat properly and make decent food for my family.
- Continue our family story society (which means continue my story, which means getting past writer's block).
- Keep the under-structure of our house organized (that means, though the floor might get messy, we have a cleaning and organization system that works so we can find things we want and avoid things we don't want, like super-bacteria.)
- Same with time management.
- Cycle back through the 2007 Learning Goals, on a more practical level this time.
- Study 5 encyclicals, 4 GBWW, and the Bible in English with a regular habit of reference to the Greek and Latin (There! That's concrete!)
- Spend time with my family -- reading, games, conversations, travels and traditions. Schedule this in and plan accountability checks.
- Look over my goals at regular times -- once a month -- and see how I'm doing on them.
- I had hoped to keep a better reading list this year, but I didn't.
(Here, though, is what I did keep. )
I don't think I'll change my resolutions too much for this year. I'll continue the ones I kept and carry over the ones I didn't keep.
I usually try to think of a motto or theme for the year, which was from an idea of Leonie's.
This year, the one I keep thinking of is one I've mentioned before.....
It came from Flannery O'Connor by way of Maritain who was quoting Mauriac. According to that, Shelley wrote:
"Purify the source."
"whatever strengthens and purifies the affections, enlarges the imagination, and adds spirit to sense, is useful"and again this evokes St Paul:
For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.