Reduce, Reuse, Resolve

By Stephanie

Every December 31st without fail I have certain goals in my head- resolutions for the New Year to come. And almost always they are great things to aspire to, but not always reasonable. And by February are long forgotten. I’m not talking about promising myself to join the gym and fit into my size 4’s again (yes, I once had size 4’s) sigh. I’m not talking about giving up chocolate or fast food or pop or things of that nature.

It’s the stuff we might not even say outloud or write down. The things more spiritual. More life-growing and character-building.

These things have taken on a new meaning to me. In areas where I think I need to start over or be someone new, I am now seeing that I can stay me. I can take the things that I don’t like or would like to improve and, well, improve them. Make it better. Fix it.

How incredibly “green” it would be to stop throwing out ourselves and just conserve. And reduce, reuse, & recycle within.

Personally, one area of myself I’d like to fix is how I see the world. I’d like to take more time to see the world how my children do. To take more moments to consider their perspective instead of my own. And the same goes for my friends. And family. As much as we are all alike, we are just that much more different.

We are going about this life, living day to day just trying to get by. Just trying to make it to the next. And somewhere in the middle is a whole lot of purpose waiting to be discovered. Parts of us ready to be used how they were meant to be. Parts that don’t need to be thrown out after all- parts completely capable and deserving of being cleaned up, sharpened, fixed, and renewed.

This New Year’s I’ll be picking myself up, brushing the dust off, and moving forward.

Wherever that may take me.

Originally posted December 2008, but same goes for this year, too. 🙂

Stephanie Precourt is the managing editor of 5 Minutes For Parenting and also blogs at Adventures In Babywearing.

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