Call them resolutions, aspirations, intentions, whatever. I pray that a year from now these will have been true of me in 2014:
1. She lived in and led from the roominess of God.
“The Good Shepherd leads his sheep out of the tight and tiny boxes in which we lock ourselves into his spacious pastures.”
~ Timothy Radcliff
“All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said, has its origin in the Spirit.”
~ Thomas Aquinas
2. She wore her own face.
“Now I become myself.
It’s taken time, many years and places.
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces…”
~ May Sarton, “Now I Become Myself”
“The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation… and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but their own vulnerable selves.”
~ Henri J. M. Nouwen
3. She was mindful of each moment.
“We spend a long time wishing we were elsewhere and otherwise.”
~ Robert Farrar Capon
“The present moment, like the spotted owl or the sea turtle, has become an endangered species. Yet more and more I find that dwelling in the present moment, in the face of everything that would call us out of it, is our highest spiritual discipline.”
~ Philip Simmons
4. She practiced stillness.
“I learned…that inspiration…comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness…The imagination needs moodling—long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
~ Brenda Ueland
5. She operated more often from love than from fear.
“Our fear is in the service of all the little ways we have learned to protect our false self. But love is really who we are. We’ll never see the love we really are, our foundation, if we keep living out of our false self of self-protection and overreaction. We must remember that ‘perfect love casts out all fear’ (1 John 4:18).”
~ Richard Rohr
6. She chose joy.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over
~ Mary Oliver
7. She finished that dag-nabbity book!
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
~ Thomas Mann
Good and gracious God, let it be.