Here it is again, on the eve of 2017: the list of intentions that I've posted a couple times before on previous New Year's Eves – although slightly edited. I'm posting it again because there are readers for whom this list has meaning, because this blog has new readers for whom this list might be of interest, and because I need to put it in front of myself once again as a reminder of a chosen way of being.
I've done poorly at many things on this list and done well – or maybe okay – at others, but that's why I like the word "intention" rather than "resolution." It implies something to work toward, move toward, rather than something at which you either succeed or fail.
Here's the list:
Create more; consume less.
Trust more; worry less.
Read more; write more; watch less.
Write more of what lasts longer.
Waste less time.
Spend more time in "creative idleness".
Spend less; save more.
Pray more, including for the people who read the words I write.
Use more paper, lots of paper.
Use a pen more, a keyboard less.
Talk less but say more.
Figure out how patience and urgency co-exist.
Cook more; eat less.
Play the piano more.
Pursue truth, beauty, and goodness at every opportunity; realize every moment is an opportunity.
Stand up straighter.
Speak more often in the strength of my own voice.
Find the way to do what needs to be done; sit quietly and wait for the Lord.
Pray more, pray without ceasing.
Hope more absolutely.
Be more available to and vulnerable with God and others.
See the signs, ask for signs; be more willing to step into the unknown.
Use less; have less; give more away.
Shorten my to-do lists.
More intentionally be a conduit for the flow of God's grace to the world.
Be silent more often.
Pray more fervently for safety coast to coast but live less fearfully.
Remind myself as often as needed where true hope lies.
Start fewer projects but finish more of those I start.
Hope more purely.
Be more attuned to the burdens of the people I pass on the street as well as those with whom I share a table or a home.
Pray for the world and its leaders.
Love God with ever more of my heart, soul, strength, and mind.
Eat less sugar but more dark chocolate.
I'd love to hear some of your intentions. If you want, you can share them in the comments below.
[Photo: the sky above on this New Year's Eve day.]