It happens every year about this time. People start talking about resolutions for the New Year. They list the things they need to add to their life: more exercise, a new diet, exciting activities, daily journaling, starting the house addition, etc. Many look at life and feel it is not enough.
For some odd reason, I have the opposite reaction. A restlessness occurs, a need to unencumber. I am faced with a deep-seated desire to make sure I am focusing on what matters most. I want to choose only the best and let go of everything else. I want to select the finest books, use my time in the most efficient way, cultivate the relationships that truly matter, passionately pursue the good that I can do, and enrich the legacy that I will leave behind.
Perhaps these are thoughts we all need to wrestle with, particularly when we are parents training the children under our roof. If we pick only the best and let go of the rest, what might our life look like? What would be freed up of our time, our energy, our resources if we abandoned those things that were second best? Who would we become if we could be freed from cultural expectations and lead a life that was uniquely and wonderfully our own?
Maybe, just maybe, we could look at this New Year brimming with possibility and decide to subtract rather than add. On January 1st, we could start a new list with the title: My New Year’s Relinquishments.
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