Sunday, January 02, 2011
My hopes for 2011 are…
I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. I say that to comfort my totally unresolute self in the knowledge that I’ve never actually met any of my New Year’s Resolutions. I think I aim too high. I tend to set unrealistic goals. I’m going to write a trillion words. I’m going to write a trillion poems. I’m going to write a trillion songs. I’m going to write a trillion letters. I’m going to save a trillion dollars. I’m going to lose a trillion pounds. I’m going to stitch a trillion journals. I’m going to drink a trillion less bottles of Mountain Dew. Etc, etc, etc. Let’s just be honest: a trillion is hard to come by.
But hopes are different than resolutions, I think. A resolution is a promise that you make, that you are going to do something differently in your life; but a hope is what you look for, what you anticipate or eagerly look forward to.
And what do I hope for in 2011? I hope to see myself a bit more clearly than I did in 2010. I hope to excel in my new job, where I have been greatly challenged. I hope for God to bring some new situations to pass in my life—whether I understand them or not. I hope to try something totally new, something I’ve never considered trying before (and I’m open to suggestions, as long as you don’t suggest skydiving).
But mostly, I hope that each of you—my nieces and nephews—will feel a sense of wonder at how unique you are; that 2011 will be a year that you always look back on with fondness and excitement at all the wonderful things you saw and experienced; and that you will understand how very loved you are.
All my love,