A Resolve for Every Morning of the New Year
I will this day try to live a simple, sincere, and serene life
Repelling every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking
Cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence
Exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a child-like trust in God.
--From a Calendar by Bishop John H. Vincent, 1907(ish)
It doesn't say I'll post anything in a timely manner. *ahem*
I hadn't made a New Year's Resolution (I do not keep them) but when I saw this I wanted to have it, to see it again and not forget. And what better way to keep something than to put it on your blog?
I like this because instead of exercising or organizing or other standard resolutions, this is focused on inside work. What virtues am I exercising? How am I organizing my attitudes, arranging them in the best possible way?
It seems even harder to me than stepping back on the Elliptical machine, but it's a "resolve for every morning." Each new day I can start again with this in mind.
A habit of holy silence, a sense of peace and serenity, are things I have struggled with in the last year. I feel in part denied these things by my life-stage*, but also, I'm unable to carve them out of the spaces where they could exist because I can't settle my mind when the opportunity comes. It's like I'm out of practice. My mind won't stop with the "you should be doings," or I'm just flat tired and stopping my mind would make it fall asleep immediately.
I know I know - if I got on the Elliptical I wouldn't be so tired. These things are a
What did you resolve? Do you keep your resolutions?
*To clarify: Of course I feel serenity and peace in my family life, with my children. But they are loud. Mommy also needs some mental and spiritual "space" for contemplation and stuff. Once a year at least.