I’ve been thinking a lot about my last post. I questioned whether I should post it in the first place but my policy is to always keep it real (Bréne Brown would be proud). Because I find it is when I take a risk and say the things I am afraid to speak, that people say things like, “I really needed to hear that today” or “I thought I was the only one.” We have fully come into a time when so many aspects of our lives have been relegated to area quarantined as “private” or “unacceptable for public discourse” but the reality is, is that when we don’t talk about these things shame or unreasonable thoughts fester.
I find that for myself, this sometimes even includes my hopes, dreams and goals. To me, they are so fragile because I am afraid of failure. I am also a very loyal person so if I say that I will be your friend or that I am going to do something, I will stop at very little to pull through on that commitment (even if that friendship doesn’t look the way that you think it is supposed to).
As I said, I am coming into 2014, not with pyro-techniques or a big new rebranding reveal but rather cautious and guarded. This however, is not who I am. So yesterday, I threw caution to the wind and said to myself, if I had the time and the optimism of my dog, Soren, what would my resolution list look like?
Have coffee with friends…regularly
Have dates with my children. One-to-one…regularly
Join a small group or a Bible Study
Do one graduate course a semester
Complain less. Make joy more. Be content
Cook with at least one new recipe a week
Learn to play the Cello…finally.
Ambitious? It might be. But isn’t that what resolutions and optimism is all about?
How about you? If you were to throw caution to the wind and let your heart guide you and not your head, what would be on your list?