Let’s Make New Year’s Resolutions! Oh, never mind.

Last night my husband announced: “In January I’m opening a gym called Resolutions. In February, I’m turning it into a bar called Never Mind.” He laughed at his own hilarity. I rolled my eyes, shook my head, giggled. Hilarious, but true.

New Year's Resolutions, Oh, Never Mind

It’s fashionable and trendy to resolve to do something new, different, better, faster, more intense. And then, somewhere between too busy to succeed, too overwhelmed to care, and “But I had good intentions!” … we shrug it off with our “Oh, never mind.” Our burdens are too great to waste time on something else. Except usually our resolutions are more like properly aligned priorities. We’re not too busy, we’re just busy doing something else.

“Hey, honey. Can you pick up a pizza on the way home from work? I didn’t have time to make dinner.” Yeah, I did. I just chose to fill that time with another thing. I gave up the priority of feeding my family for something of lesser importance. We make time for the things that matter and sadly, we’ve been making time for things that do not. God matters. People matter. Home matters. Our jobs matter. Everything else? Not so much.

New Year's Resolutions, Oh, Never Mind

Reinforce priorities, not “never minds”

Because I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing bunches of kids (and adults!) whose priorities are completely askew. They don’t have a clue what’s important and what isn’t. They don’t know that to reach the summit of a mountain they must first put in the time, effort and work required to climb the mountain itself. (And yeah, I borrowed that from this guy.) They don’t know because we’re not telling them, showing them, or instilling it within.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty, too. Which is why I’m taking steps to stop the insanity. I bought everyone in our family a regular old alarm clock for Christmas. No more phones in bedrooms. Never phones at the table. People matter. Faces are important. Eye contact is essential. Communication is not speed-texting your way through a conversation. It’s an intentional connection, and we need a whole lot more of those.

New Year's Resolutions, Oh, Never Mind

Happy New Year. No resolutions, just common sense solutions. Put down the smart phone, close the computer, turn off the TV, and get our heads out of the Cloud. Look ’em in the eye, seal the deal with a firm and committed handshake, and mean what you say, do and promise. Cheers, 2017! Here’s to 365 days of intentional living.



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