Loves and Resolutions

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, but if there was one lesson that 2013 taught me, it is to be intentional in all things. On this first day of the new year, I have a few thoughts about how to apply that. I’m hopeful.

One way to start is to frame those resolutions in terms of things I love. I learned this from Paul Gilmartin, who concludes every episode of his Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast by playing a round of loves-and-fears tennis with his guest. Each of them share something they fear until they run out, then switch to things they love. It may sound corny, but you probably won’t think that after having heard it for yourself. I’m always encouraged and challenged. But I’ve yet to actually do this exercise myself. So what better way to do it than while thinking intentionally about how I want to live this next 365 days?

Here goes (in no particular order)…

Now on to 2014. May it be slower, richer, tastier, and more intentional than any other before it.