Friday, December 30, 2011

One Thousand Gifts Instead of Resolutions

New Year's Eve is just a few short hours away.

This time of year frequently prompts a reflection of our lives up to this point and makes us consider what we would like, or would hope to be different in the year ahead.

I'm not usually the kind of person who sets resolutions, but this year is different.

I don't know if its getting older, or what it is, but there are all these things that are settling into my life that I would like to not be there.

  • I would like to not have to jump while putting my jeans on - because I refuse to buy the next size up.
  • I would like to have energy for the entire day and not just half of it.
  • I would like to live outside my comfort zone. Well, I think I should. I don't actually WANT to.

The resolutions can become a little daunting as the year progresses, especially when June rolls around and I haven't done accomplished any of them. :) Can you relate?

If so, here's a little encouragement.

I have a dear friend who has reminded me many times to be thankful for everything, even that which is hard. When I'm frustrated that I can't fit into my jeans, I'm thankful for the fact that I have them - and that I can jump. When I'm frustrated with the endless mess that is my house I'm so very thankful that I have children who are helping me make that mess.

I mentioned on our Facebook page the other day that I just finished reading Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. She has the same philosophy. The more thankful we are, the more we acknowledge our blessings and what has been given to us, even in the painful times, the more joy, true joy, our lives will carry.

She challenges the reader to keep their own journal - their journal of gifts - and she asks that we find 1,000 things to list as our gifts, things for which we are thankful. 1,000 because it takes a significant amount of time to compile those gifts, thus instilling the habit of thankfulness.

I started my journal the other day in our Desert Rose Center Tie Journal. I'm finding it to be an incredible meaningful way to keep track of my gifts. (If you own one of our journals, what do you think of this idea? If you don't own one, it's not too late. You can find them here.) :)

So here's to being thankful and experiencing the joy of the new year. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years and I can't wait to see you more in 2012.


  1. Very inspiring. I like this post. I have been so discouraged by my past fails of resolutions I decided to not do any :) But I like this idea and challenge. Keep us (your readers) posted.

  2. Thank you Erica. I'll keep you posted!

  3. I relate with the resolutions left undone, which is probably why I stopped making them. But I realize I make them throughout the year as God makes me aware of certain rough edges that need smoothing or the joy of honing a new skill.

    I started keeping track of the days gifts a few weeks ago (I'm a couple of chapters away from finishing Ann's book). It's amazing how looking for gifts and acknowledging them deepens joy as you pointed out in your post.

    Happy New Year to you too. :)

  4. Thank you for your words Anderea. I hope you find many, many new gifts in the coming year. :)