This year will begin, as most do, with a sense that the new year will bring in a welcome change to life and how we live. We will be resolute and pull out our new resolutions, whether or not we refer to last year’s list of things to do and see how well they were done, if at all. However we have done or things have gone, New Year resolutions are one of many traditions that we like to hold on to. They help us start the year in a positive vein: new year, fresh attitude.
I do not have a list that I have made, but I will take note of some things that came across my eyes and ears in the first half of the day–fitting that I walk back into my mother-in-law’s house at exactly 12 noon.
My little daughter amused herself in church this morning by drawing a few pictures. She drew my face, her mother’s face, another face labelled ‘happiness‘, each of these faces separated by a plus sign. She added an equals sign and then drew her own face. That’s a very comforting set of images to come out of the head of a young child. It’s hard to be happy all of the time, even much of the time, but it’s something to strive for, however you want to define it–and it is personal. It’s a good state in which to start and end a day, and maybe that is all one can try for; in between, we may have to accept that things will get a little bumpy.
My little daughter then put her hand and one of her mother’s and mine together, and said “Connectedness.” That reminded me of an adage said to me when I first started working, onto which I have held: “Only connect.” You cannot direct all things, but seeing how to bring people and things together for some positive outcome can often be rewarding in and of itself–no agenda needed beyond that.
The other notion that crossed my mind was ‘be resolute‘. It is easy to make statements, but much harder to back them up with something tangible that give the statements meaning. (I’m in the process of trying to write about protest, and how that differs from merely complaining: for me, the distinction comes through what accompanies the sense that things are not right.)
Over the past few months, I’ve listened to a lot of comments and discussions about problems and their need to be solved. Politicians will trot out their ideas at the blink of a camera lens, and people in general are rarely shy in expressing their opinions. However, I do not often hear much that shows a determination to do more than identify and lament the problems. So, a notion running through my mind is how to help to resolve.
Many of us find it helpful to centre ourselves each day with a particular thought, or thoughts. Today is a good day to think hard about what resolution really means.