In the days between Christmas and New Year’s, no one expects us to produce anything. I call it the “Golden Week” because it’s a time of fewer outside demands when I can re-think priorities, throw stuff out, rearrange storage space, and face that pile of paper that’s been looking at me accusingly since September.
This morning I tackled folders in my file cabinet. I won’t say it’s been a while, but I found some emails I had printed out in 2004 and an instruction manual from three laptops ago.
I love getting rid of things—when I get around to it. Clearing the decks frees up my mind to receive new inspiration. Pitching things that aren’t useful anymore makes life seem less complicated.
This is also a good time to think what resentments we’ve packed away in our mental files—because they were never useful.
Is there someone we’ve been wishing for years would change? Who makes snide remarks, always has to be right, or interrupts while we’re speaking? One psychologist challenges us to ask ourselves, “How many more years will I need to conclude that’s just what she does?”
So maybe I could decide now to accept it, stop taking it personally, and start appreciating her for who she is. It could be refreshing—like throwing out ancient emails with their outdated messages.
My biggest New Year’s resolution is to be more intentional about my priorities, plans, and how I spend my time. That includes the time I spend wishing other people would change. With God’s help, my new habit will be to look for what God loves about a person and love them for who they are, not wait until they decide to fit my preferences.
My friend Terry prays, “Bless them, change me.” A quick prayer for someone we wish would change will set our soul going in the right direction to make the most of this beautiful New Year.