We don’t resolve in our family. We aspire! Resolutions always sound like something you don’t want to do so have to make yourself do, whereas aspirations sound, well – more inspirational… A goal to aim for that we sincerely hope we achieve. Now that sounds more positive, doesn’t it?!
So, along with a list of what we’re thankful for in the previous year, we also come up with a list of aspirations for the coming year. I have to confess that some of us are a tad more engaged in the whole process and put some serious thought behind our list while others might tend to recycle their list from the previous year (you know who you are!!) but it’s lovely to just take a few minutes to think about the year ahead and anything we might want to achieve in it.
Well here is my list for 2020 and I hope it helps to prompt some ideas for changes you’d like to make.
Now I know that it has a profoundly positive effect on our brains and spiritual well-being when we meditate but stilling myself is something I really struggle with. I can honestly think of 101 other things I could be doing… I used to make some time daily to read the Bible and pray but it so easily got squeezed out in all the busyness. It’s a discipline that I just need to cultivate and make into a habit. So I’ve decided to start small with just 5 minutes a day where I will be still and listen. I’ll even set a timer so I don’t get distracted wondering if I’ve done my 5 minutes yet..!
You might think I’m contradicting myself but I’m not confused – honest! I heard a podcast recently where the doctor explained that we have to move regularly. It’s no good sitting down all day for 5 days a week and then working out really hard on 2 days. Our bodies need regular movement. So I want to try to move more every day; if I’m at work, to try to get a walk at lunchtime, and if I’m at home, to try to walk, exercise or cycle. Even doing some vigorous housework or gardening will count.
Love my brain
This is a big one for me. I’ve already been able to bring some tangible healing to my brain but want to continue to look after it – after all, I hope it’s going to serve me well for some years yet!
One of the things from last year’s aspirations that I haven’t yet done is have my two amalgam fillings replaced. Again, I have to confess that, aside from the cost of getting them removed, it’s quite a big deal for me to willingly have a procedure on my teeth that isn’t a dental emergency. Know what I mean?! But I’ve now read sooooo much about the frightful effects of mercury on our brains that I can put it off no more. They’re coming out. And this will be the year! I’ve been saving up my pennies and have done some research into mercury free dentists that will use a special procedure to protect me (and everyone else in the room!) while they get the fillings out. I can’t tell you how relieved I will be when it’s done!
Whether it’s helping to support my Mum more, or writing articles that help others think of changes they might like to make to improve their health, or spending quality time with family and friends, I want to be more ‘present’ and give more of myself. I feel that life is very short and so precious and I just want to make the most of it and the wonderful relationships that God has placed around me.
I love this quote from Dr Daniel Amen:
Doing the right thing is never because you should do it. It’s because you love yourself, you love your life, you love your family and you love your mission. – Dr Daniel Amen
So these are my aspirations for 2020. If you’d like to share any of yours with me then I’d love to read them!
And I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year for 2020 and hope that it will hold many special times and improved health for you and those you love.