This is the time of the year that we often take stock and begin to make plans for the new year. So many of us make resolutions, set goals and have all the intentions in the world of making serious changes in our lives. We want to be healthier, happier, wealthier, wiser, more in love, etc. And we really mean well! We join gyms, start new eating plans, make a schedule of date nights with our spouses, maybe even enroll in a class. And yet, often by February, we’ve settled back into our normal modes of behaviors, resolutions abandoned. What happens?
Often we hear that there simply isn’t enough time. We get busy, and we miss our scheduled class at the gym. Then when it’s time for the next class, it feels tougher to walk into a class that’s already underway. Before we know it, it’s too late to even go. Or, if we’ve intended to pack a healthy lunch in the morning before work, we might find that we don’t have the time we need to do that. We again find ourselves going out to eat, spending money and calories we wanted to save. Or maybe our enthusiasm fizzles out. What seemed so exciting, promising and possible in December, now seems just too much trouble. We might even rationalize our change of heart, deciding that we aren’t too out of shape. After all, look at all those other people our age who are less fit than we are.
Could it be that we have merely lost the vision? That we’ve lost the sense of possibility? What if with a shift in our thinking, we could manage to keep the vision fresh and in our view? What if we could stay in the excitement of possibility? You might be interested in a new series we’ll be doing in our Sunday services. We will be starting a series in January based on the book, The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. They identify ‘practices in possibility’ that can help us to be the people we want to be.
Whatever you ‘see’ for yourself in this new year, I hold the space of possibility. I wish you all you desire for a happy, healthy, prosperous year!