Door into the New Year


Antigua, Guatemala, 2010

I’m back from Guatemala. Resigned to the weather of the Pacific Northwest. Uninterrupted rain. Thankfully, we still have our Christmas tree up. And if it were up to me, I’d be playing Christmas music. You know, the really good stuff, like Sarah Mclachlan’s “Happy Christmas,”or maybe, Kenny Chesney’s “All I want for Christmas is a real good tan.”

Last month Loyola Press asked me to write 30 resolutions for the new year. Each of them connected to The Power of Pause. It started January 10 and continues for 30 days (it’s not to late to sign up). Loyola Press will send you an email pause reminder — a powerful pause for each day. Gentle reminders as a way to trigger those parts of our soul that can stop and listen and pay attention.

I’ve been thinking about the small steps that make a difference.

Here are a few from the the list I wrote for Loyola. . .
1. But a small notebook. Each day make a notation using this sentence, “I never noticed that before. . .”
2. Go to your garage. Find something that you have moved at least three times. Give it away—to a friend, St. Vincent de Paul, or the charity of your choice.
3. Write a letter to someone you love. With real paper, pen, envelope, and stamp.
4. Grab a box of crayons. If you feel overwhelmed at any point today sit down for a 10-minute coloring break.
5. Watch this brief video for today’s pause.
6. For today, give up your cell phone, email, and internet.

and a few more I’ve added. . .
1. Ask you Doctor to write a prescription for Chocolate. Be specific.
2. Write in your journal, left handed. (Or right, if you are a lefty.)
3. Throw a party for National Disturbed Day. Invite everyone you know who is “slightly off-plumb” (or at least wishes to be).
4. Make a business card, “I’m in charge of celebrations.” (Acknowledgement to Byrd Baylor)
5. Carry a card that says, “LEARNER’S PERMIT: Student Hugger. Licensed to practice.
6. Carry a first aid kit: include chocolate, your favorite CD, a favorite poem, quote from a favorite book or a favorite scripture.
7. Give a friend The Power of Pause.

There will be more to come in the days ahead. . .and. . .if you have any to add. . .I’d love to hear from you.

I wish for those I love this New Year an opportunity to earn sufficient, to have that which they need for their own,
and to give that which they desire to others, to bring into the lives of those about them some measure of joy, to know the satisfaction of work well done, of recreation earned,
and therefore savored, to end this year a little wiser a little kinder and
therefore a little happier. Eleanor Roosevelt

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Sharon

    >I *love* the picture of the door! A door resonates for me as entry into an expanded view of God and the interconnectedness of us all in the world.

    This is a little different than what you asked for, but I shared this prayer with my friends for The New Year…

    Dear Lord,
    Please give me a few friends who understand me
    and remain my friends;
    A work to do which has real value
    without which the world would be the poorer;
    A mind unafraid to travel,
    even though the trail be not blazed;
    An understanding heart;
    A sense of humor;
    Time for quiet, silent meditation;
    A feeling of the presence of God;
    The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
    With the Wisdom to recognize them when they come.

    [deserves credit to author whom is unknown to me]

  2. Anonymous

    >One of my 'small steps' during the day is to jump up from my desk and dance with joy when I hear one of my favorite songs. There is nothing quite like the power of music that can fill and heal our souls…..
    Blessings, Penny

    "What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." Eleanor Powell

  3. Anonymous

    >Going through that door into the New Year reminded me a devotion I wrote and prompted this poem about Peter's walk on water:
    One Step
    A leap of faith,
    as you step out,
    the waves may mock,
    but don't look down.
    Focus instead on the
    One, on Jesus, who
    calls you to think
    outside the boat.
    by Terry Waggle

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