The future is unknowable.
It is always unfolding.
It is always becoming the present.
So it is not something we solve and move onto something else.
It is something we solve over and over every day.
I guess you could say it is something we re-solve.
And that, to me, is what a resolution is: a re-solution.
It’s an adventure into the unknown. A quest.
But that is not how we traditionally think of resolutions for the New Year.
We traditionally strip away the mystery. Or we deny it.
Sure, I need to eat better.
And I need to get in better shape. Lose some weight, even.
I certainly could use a few more bucks in the bank.
I think I have a few books in me that want to be written.
I crave more quality time with my family and friends.
And I wish I had more time, money and energy to support people and organizations involved in adoption, medical care for children with facial deformities and orphan care throughout the world.
But these are not resolutions. To me, a resolution is not a thing to do. And it is not a destination.
A resolution is an intentional quest to try something new knowing it will test our faith and courage.
It’s a re-solving of our own fears, doubts and dependencies.
Because, in the end, it’s not the destination that really matters. It’s the people we encounter. The stories we live to tell. The lessons we learn. The pride we feel knowing we gave everything we had to something bigger than ourselves. Something of benefit to others.
If you are familiar with the show The Biggest Loser at all, you know that by the end of each season winning is no longer the primary goal of the contestants. They are renewed. Transformed. What becomes most important to them is the new life they've found.
They are resolved. Renewed. Not because they have fulfilled their goals. But because they have found them. They have a purpose, a reason, a quest, an adventure awaiting them each day. And it's this quest, not a destination, that injects them with meaning and hope.
Is your New Year resolution really to lose weight or get a better job or write that book? Or are these symptoms of a deeper need?
Maybe, just maybe, we should re-solve something specific that’s blocking us from living creatively.
After all, the word creative, at its root, means new or renewed.
And finding renewal sounds like a great resolution for the New Year.
Happy New Year! Until next year...
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