January blues?

I wonder why January is such a bad month for so many of us? I know most of us have nearly impoverished ourselves trying to make the perfect Christmas yet again. Maybe we spent another year without making the perfect feast, maybe it’s the darker days with nights still so long, maybe something more.

I know there won’t be all that many of us ending 2017 in a much better place financially or emotionally than we did the year before. How many grew as a person or as a parent? Did we learn from mistakes previously made and promised we wouldn’t do again? How much pressure do we put on ourselves in January to make a difference, losing weight, looking into expanding in our careers, being a better and more caring person, reading 20 chapters a day of the Bible, praying 3 hours a day?

This pressure on our self is so self destructive, and can leave us feeling a bit of a failure really. What for? Why do it? We have the whole year to make small changes to help our lives be more productive and satisfying. Slowly starting a new hobby. Losing those extra few pounds in a more sustainable and enjoyable way. Spending a few extra hours with the family and friends. Trying an extra few minutes a week, and building time up if we can, in reading the Word and taking some time with God. It shouldn’t be a burden. So, don’t make it one.

Enjoy January.

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New resolution

So, new year, new pages to be written and fresh, clean days to be filled.

The only resolution I did this year was a promise to myself to write more. Nothing else. Otherwise it would have been the usual stuff that I say to myself year after year and remain unfulfilled, year after year. Do you do that as well?

Why do we do it to ourselves?  We make our self look like we failed when in actual fact we have accomplished so much over the year, done so much to be proud of, but we only look back on the promise we made at midnight, usually a little tipsy, and most definitely very tired, to base our year on.

So what if you didn’t lose those few pounds, but you graduated from college with really good marks. Who cares if you didn’t go to the gym religiously 3 times a week, but you helped so many people with love and compassion. Does it really matter if you didn’t get the promotion for working 100 hours a week because you chose instead to spend those extra hours with your family and spent precious time with your children. These things mean more in the future and the year ahead surely?

So, new resolution…… something more for me and my family than before. What do you really want to happen in 2018?