“The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37: 23-24
it’s the 15th day of the new year 2009. i wonder how those who made their new year’s resolutions are doing. according to wikipedia, a new year’s resolution “is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.” on this the 15th day of the year, are your resolutions being fulfilled? or are they now on the brink of that great abandon?
when i was younger, new year’s day is a day i eagerly waited for. somehow it gives me the chance to formulate higher standards, correct past mistakes, and just basically make a fresh start. it was like being born again, only in a year-older body. but based on my experience over the years, either i just repeat my past mistakes or make even greater ones. i usually ended up performing way below my own standards. and the fresh start ends, shortly before the second quarter of the year. my new year’s resolutions became year-end disappointments.
as i grow older (and hopefully wiser), these disappointments had taught me a lot about time. one is that i should not live my life based on a year’s performance. time is not a year. time is not a month. but time is a sum of all moments. and just like art, it is usually quicker and easier to see the picture if you paint on a smaller canvas.
now, living my life in the moment enables me to simultaneously live up to my standards as i formulate them, immediately correct my mistakes, and consider each moment as an opportunity for a fresh start. that way, disappointments are dissipated the moment they set in. not having to wait for another year to start over again.