Happy New Year! or post 859

WordPress.com sent me a nice year-end summary for 2010.  I posted 121 times last year, bringing my total here to 858. I might reach my 1000th post this year!

This first post of the year ought to be about plans for the new year, right?  Sharing my resolutions or goals fr 2011.  I haven’t set any hard and fast resolutions as I do some years. In general, I’d have to day I believe and feel that I am, overall, living in the right direction.

That said, here are a few ideas of things I’ll be focusing on this year.

I shared last week that I want to spend regular time handwriting this year.

I will, again this year, work on my attitude while driving.  I get way too impatient with other drivers and traffic laws.

I want to be more positive this year.  Mostly I mean by this I will join in less conversation that speaks ill of others.  This morning’s paper had a piece on some new chair of something in Congress who famously called Obama’s administration the most corrupt ever.  I’m sure, at this point, if you lean Republican you are thinking up whole lists of Democrats who have said similar things about your party – that’s my point.

It is well past time for adults (let’s just start with the adults, ok?) to practice always speaking civilly to, with, and about each other.  Your political/religious/favorite sports team opponents are people too, and, to borrow from Sting, likely love their children, too.

This isn’t another “can’t we all just get along” post.  If I bought that drivel I wouldn’t have been recommending this for more than a decade. Rather, this is a Jesus post.  Jesus didn’t get along with everyone, but, as far as I can tell, he treated others with respect. Sometimes his intent was to get along and encourage, sometimes it was to challenge, provoke, or even convict.

Challenge, encourage, provoke, you name it; but do so decently.  As far as it is up to you, live at peace with all.

Happy New Year!

One thought on “Happy New Year! or post 859

  1. Bravo! Bravo! I plan to share this with our group tonight. And I’ll try and be civil as US representatives try to repeal healthcare for all. I’ll think about God’s grace. Thank you for your posts — they make me think and/or laugh and be thankful you are married to our daughter (even though I might be more left leaning). And I visualize you with Eliza in early morning interaction whilst you scribe! Looking forward to following 2011’s posts! Way to go!

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