Is resoluting even a word?
Well, it should be .
Here’s a quote that struck a chord with me when I read it last week:
As we reflect on the value of resolving to do better, let us determine to discipline ourselves to carefully select the resolutions we make, to consider the purpose for making them, and finally to make commitments for keeping them and not letting any obstacle stop us. Let us remind ourselves at the beginning of each day that we can keep a resolution just for that day. ~ President N. Eldon Tanner
I like the recipe President Tanner offers. Discipline. Purpose. Commitment. I also like how he breaks things down into baby steps – following through on our goals for just one day at a time. Though sometimes it can be a great feat to even keep those commitments for an hour, let alone a day.
The advice President Monson offered in his “Living the Abundant Life” article has also given me motivation to keep plugging along with my 2012 word of the year. He gives us his own ABC’s to help us learn how to live an abundant life – have a positive Attitude, Believe in yourself and have Courage.
Ever since I read it, the following message he shared has been tumbling through my mind day in and day out. It’s a remarkable gem and it makes you want to never give up, but to keep on trying no matter how many times you might not succeed:
Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ President Thomas S. Monson
We are now one third of the way done with the first month of the new year and so far I am still keeping my 2012 word at the forefront of my brain. GENTLE.
I have been working on being gentle with my stomach – fueling it with proper food. (Sugar is highly addictive and my willpower sometimes is rather fragile.)
I have been working on being gentle with the budget – not stretching it past its limit.
I have been working on being gentle with my voice – using a nice tone with my kids and taking notice of why, in the first place, it even takes on a bitter tone.
Speaking of kids and parenting, here’s what I posted on Facebook the other day:
I *had* to share this brilliant post. As a parent, who can’t relate to being “tired and cranky and ready for the day to be over quite often?”
Every mother really should read that post. Yes, the article is that good.
How are your resolutions/goals/whatever you want to call what you are striving-to-be-or-change coming along?
Happy resoluting !