I'm not even going to try to do a retrospective of this year. You know what a difficult thing it's been, and nothing I say here is going to add to the conversation. What I want to do, instead, is to focus on the idea of resolutions.
Resolutions, by definition, start with the resolve. The resolve to change, the resolve to continue when hope seems lost, the resolve to try.
When making resolutions for the coming year, you might be tempted to focus on things like weight loss or doubling down on debt, but if this past year has taught us nothing else I hope it has taught us this... focusing on ourselves and temporary measures of comfort and happiness isn't what gives our lives the energy we need to be truly resolved in the first place.
“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime." ― Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History
It is imperative, therefore, that we resolve to unite ourselves with others so that we can achieve the things which can not be achieved in the span of a single life. In so doing, the energy we spend will bolster the resolve of others and they, in turn, will bolster ours.
As we wrap up this year and enter the next, let us resolve to do what we can to make the world a better place and to expand our world by learning from others new ways of being.
If you aren't sure where to begin, I encourage to join your voice to others. Write for Rights is a simple way for you to do that. As you read the stories of others who are fighting to make the world a little better, pause and reflect.
In what ways is your life similar to this person about whom you are reading? Do you think they see themselves and their humanity in much the same way that you see yours? I'd love to know in what ways you experience these stories of real people, so please leave a comment.
If you haven't already, I encourage you to join or establish a local chapter of MAR so that you can be encouraged by the energy of other moms just like you who are doing what they can to make the world better.