Before you make resolutions (or projects as Sherry calls them), take a look back and see how you have changed this year. It’s kind of fun! This is a variation of the I Used to Think post. Poiema’s perceptive comment:
I really do think that the small details of life show forth growth in a far greater way than we normally stop to realize. It feels good to mark something measurable on the growth chart.
We’ve made several changes in our diet this year.
• We eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning. My husband recently said, “I can’t believe you converted me to oatmeal, and I honestly can’t believe how much I like it!” Here’s the difference: we make individual servings in the microwave. Easy cleanup, fast, and fabulous. And cheap! This has made a significant dent in our grocery budget.
1/2 cup oatmeal, cover with water (experiment with amount), microwave 2 minutes. Add milk and sweetener.
Oatmeal supreme: add a handful of frozen blueberries to the cooked oatmeal.
• We stopped drinking soda pop.
• We started drinking raw milk and eating locally grown chickens. These cost about twice what we were paying.
• We switched to sucanat instead of sugar. This also costs about twice what white sugar costs.
But, enough about food! What other changes have we made?
I joined Facebook, after my kids talked about it on a backpacking trip. Facebook seems to be the medium many prefer for staying in touch. It has extended my time on the computer (argh!) but has reconnected me with friends from the past.
Reconnecting. Several important people from past decades have resurfaced in our life. Those reconnections underline ways we have changed (oh yeah, I used to think/like/agree with that; but I don’t anymore!) or ways our friends have changed in areas where we have not. But it has been a blessing to pick up loose pieces of yarn and weave them back into the fabric of our lives.
So many changes are part of the daily or weekly cycles. We now worship in a liturgical setting and recite the Apostle’s Creed every Lord’s Day. I think the repetition of those words “I believe” has made me a more confident woman.
Last night my husband and I had a disagreement (which we resolved, thankfully). I realized, though, that the longer we have been married, the fewer quarrels we have. We must of plowed through the dirt so many times that we are aware of, and compensate for, our differences. Grace, all of grace.
Of course, not all changes are positive. I used to keep a tighter guard on my tongue. I’ve caught myself gossiping too much lately. Blech. So we resolve to change.
Nancy Wilson has written what I think is the best blog post of the year–simply stellar–about New Year’s here. If you are prone to depression this is REQUIRED READING.
How have you changed lately?