I wish I could feel the clean slate feeling of a new year, but I don’t. Usually this time each year, I love to join in with so many and pick the “one little word” to stick to all year as a resolution to motivate me through the year. To be completely honest, my gut reaction would be to pick a word like: SURVIVE, because I know this is going to be a tough year. I know that seems so dire, but it’s how I feel right now.
If there is any one thing from the many life lessons that we learned from the short life of our little Afton, it would be service. So if I can think outside of myself and the giant cloud I have been living in, I would pick a word like: SERVICE.
So many have served us in one way or another over the last two months, and I want to pay it forward.
I love this quote by Marjorie Pay Hinkley:
I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Another thing I want to focus on this year is documenting the everyday of our little family, and I’m excited to do it with a Project Life kit from Becky Higgins. I’ll be using the Clementine kit, and I’ll be sharing the pages here to keep me accountable.
So survive – service – and document life…those along with my standard lose weight are my goals for 2012.
What are you focusing on in 2012?