Richard's Ramblings - January
Welcome to the New Year!
It seems as if no time at all has past and we are already into 2012. I don’t know about you, but over the last few weeks of 2011 I found myself in many conversations in which I heard people saying how quickly the year had flown by.
I wonder whether we will find ourselves saying exactly the same thing at the end of 2012?
I guess there could be quite a few reasons for feeling the year just past flew by: it could have been a year of great achievements; perhaps a year of resolutions not met because time seemed to run out; maybe a year of regrets unable to be resolved; then again it could simply have been we tried to fit too much in; or it may have felt as if one disaster followed another. I suppose for some, the year seemed to stretch interminably as one thing went wrong after another.
However, 2012has the same potential to pass us by leaving us feeling that we have not accomplished half of what we hoped to achieve.
At the beginning of this year the realisation that time, or lack of time, is a problem over which we frequently feel we have no control, challenges us to examine not simply what we hope to achieve - sometimes called New Year’s Resolutions - but also the means by which we can achieve our goals.
Instead of just letting the day-to-day events which confront us determine what fills our days, we have the opportunity to commit ourselves to focussing upon what is important, what matters most, what will bring the greatest sense of satisfaction and time well spent.
In other words, we can choose to accomplish the things which are important to us rather than allowing what seems urgent, but may in fact be unimportant (or less important), to crowd out our lives.
Although it sometimes seems a little melodramatic, I am reminded of times when people have posed the question: What if this were you last day, week, month, year, to live? What would you do? Perhaps a little over-the-top to pose such a question, but it does focus the mind onto what really matters to us.
I guess this poses for us a problem: We need to know what is important to us before we can make it the focus of our attention.
What really is at the heart of life for you? What are you going to do about it in 2012?
Rev Richard Johnston