Sunday, 5 January 2014

Happy 2014!

I know, I'm a little late, but technically we're still only a few days in. :p

2014 kind of crept up on me, and I haven't really had time to sit down and reflect on 2013 or to think about my resolutions.

Actually, I am not one to make resolutions at the start of every year. I did when I was much younger, but rarely kept up with them for very long, so I gave up making them a long time ago.

However, 2013 wasn't the greatest year, and some changes are necessary. I really need to refocus and re-group.

Something I came across last year really stuck with me - Leo Tolstoy's short story, The Emperor's Three Questions.

In summary, an emperor came up with three questions, the answers to which, he felt, would make him a good ruler.

1) When is the best time to do each thing?
2) Who are the most important people to work with?
3) What is the most important thing to do at all times?

Short story even shorter, the answers he found which satisfied him were:

1) When is the best time to do each thing?
Now. For the present is the only time we have any control over.

2) Who are the most important people to work with?
The person we are with, for life is unpredictable, and we do not know if we will even be around the next moment.

3) What is the most important thing to do at all times?
To do good for the person you are with, which I interprete to mean to care for the person you are with.

So my resolution this year is to conduct myself according to the above philosophy. In more concrete terms, I will do my best to:

1) Be kind.
To myself and to others. My temper was extremely frayed in 2013, and I was extremely short with, and critical of everyone around me, loved ones and strangers alike, myself included. So instead of being negative, I want to act with empathy and kindness.

2) Be present.
For some reason, I was very detached in 2013. I think the only person I was really present for was Little Man, and that was primarily because he demanded it like only a 3 year old can. In 2014, I will work on being less distracted, by worrying about about the past or future, since we can't control either, anyway. This includes scheduling time for technology, preparing for lessons and blogging, so that I can be fully focused on the people around me, as well as being fully focused when working and writing.

Hmmm...that worked out to two resolutions. I guess I can do that. I hope. Well, the thing about putting it up on the blog is accountability. I sincerely hope that when I revisit this post at the end of the year, I can honestly say that I succeeded in keeping my resolutions.

On the blogging front, I plan to blog more regularly.

With the help of this beauty - a free printable blog planner from the talented Erica of Confessions of a Homeschooler, I aim to blog more frequently and host some giveaways. I also plan to host my own link party, so do look out for that as well.

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