I hadn’t planned to share a resolutions post here on G&G, because, frankly, I really don’t think people care what my personal resolutions are. But after reading and commenting on Arash’s post, What Are Your New Year Goals?, I decided I would share, because this is the first time my resolutions lacked extreme specificity. And that just might be a very good thing.
In all the years I’ve been writing my resolutions (and I always do, because as I’ve posted before, there’s a kind of magic that happens when you write down what you want), this is the first time my goals weren’t something like “lose 10 pounds,” or “save 5K,” or “call friends more.” In years past, I sometimes achieved all my resolutions, sometimes I didn’t. My resolutions have always been 10 or so items long…maybe that’s the problem.
This year, those kinds of specifics just didn’t come out when I put pen to paper. But this is what did:
Between the lines, the typical themes of resolutions past are still there. However, this year that list—and a single word to guide me—materialized. I shared it on Instagram, but I wanted to share it here, because it’s the first time I’ve ever approached my goals this way, and I have to say, it feels better and easier to use a one-word mantra to guide all the things I do in 2014:
Grace is a terrifically powerful word, with so many meanings, and such poise. It’s easy to remember and can be applied to all moments in life, from victory to defeat, from anger to calm, from sorrow to joy. It is truly a way to live.
“Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.”
If you could choose a one-word mantra to guide you in 2014, what would it be?