1.14.2013

A Resolution That Really Matters



If you're looking for the perfect post to kick you into high gear, this isn't it. In fact, I don't know that you'll ever find that here. When January comes, I move slow and easy. It tends to be a recovery month for me, not a jump start.

Truth be told, I think I'm allergic to resolutions, game plans and to-do lists. Just ask my husband how I responded yesterday when he suggested I make a list of housekeeping chores for our family. I love the idea of a clean house and am thankful he wants to help, but a list that tells me what I should do and have failed to do? Feels like entrapment for this recovering perfectionist! Sure, there are times when a list is needed {to control overspending at Target!}, but for the most part, I do better when I let necessity and inspiration direct my steps. {More on that here.}

But for all my resisting and rebelling, there's one resolution I'm convinced really matters: investing in people. Because at the end of the day and at the end of life, people are all really matter. The exercise plan, the pounds you lose, the closet you clean, the house you decorate...none of that lasts forever. But people do. Souls last for eternity.

So if you're struggling to get excited about a new year, feeling guilty because you haven't launched a great new life plan, or avoiding life because you don't know where to begin, start with what matters most. Invest in your marriage, your children, your friends, your neighbors, the shopkeeper, the poor and the needy. Not all at once, and not just for a week or two...but for the rest of your life. I can promise that your long-term reward will be greater than anything else you accomplish this year!

Happy Monday, sweet friends!

P.S. Two great quotes on making time for people here and here.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Linsey! I have never posted a comment on a blog before, but I couldn't resist here. I lost my sweet daddy-o on January 3rd. It was completely unexpected (pulmonary embolism). Over the past 11 days, we have really worked to find small amounts of gratitude, and we always come back to the wonderful TIME that we had with him, the MEMORIES that will last a lifetime, and the LAUGHS that will never be forgotten. We invested in our family over all of the years that we were together. Not once over the last few days have we said that we were thankful that our closets were organized or that our jeans weren't tight.

    I don't want to step on toes, but from someone who now knows that life on earth can literally be over in a few seconds, I second your suggestion to invest in people. So that if that life is pulled from you too soon, you are left with feelings of gratitude and not regret. You'll be so glad you did.

    With love,
    Emily

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    1. Emily, thank you for your priceless and very real perspective. I'm so sorry you have lost your daddy so unexpectedly. I'm humbled that you would even consider a visit to my blog during this season of life. You aren't stepping on toes at all. Your words carry weight and value, especially right now. You know for REAL how much investing in people and relationships matters. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. I think you hit the nail on the head Linsey! It is our connections with others that will last a life-time. The fact that the laundry is always folded or that the toys are put away the moment they hit the floor, or whether or not I have dusted my house three times during the week won't matter in the long run. But the time I spend with family and friends making meaningful connections will. A few years ago I began the practice of really taking the time of looking someone in the eye when I talk to them and smiling too even to the person who hands me my coffee out the drive-through window. I've noticed through this practice that when you acknowledge someone in this way, you acknowledge that they too are God's child and in that ackowledgement you see the image of God standing right before you. It truly is a wonderful feeling to know that connectedness!

    Have a wonderful week and enjoy your moments of spending time with others.

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    1. I love what you said about taking the time to look people in the eye. And smiling. Total difference makers! I think I've often been too caught up in my own agenda when I'm out and about, but on the days when I take time to slow down and really notice others, the whole day feels different!

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  3. Awesome post Linsey - thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. Beautifully written and very inspirational, Linsey!

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  5. I am with Emily since I lost my mom in September. The loss of someone dear really brings focus to what is important in life.....Your resolution sounds perfect to me.

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  6. Investment has been a word I have thought of often recently. What we invest in something is what we will get out of it. You, my friend, use your words as an investment into people's lives. Thanks for that.

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  7. I love this. Thank you for reminding us. The world sets us up to strive for lofty goals for the new year but you brought home what our goals should be. If we slow down and listen it's what our heart is telling us all along.

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  8. This post really tugged at my heart. Maybe because I just attended a funeral of a 33 year old person. We are not guaranteed life and it can be cut short. Your post hit on what really matters most...."investing in people."

    So glad I can click on your blog because today....these words really comforted my soul.

    So glad you are still writing for us.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  9. heart warming post....
    love your transparency about what January does for you.

    love God. love others...there isn't anything much more important.

    hip, hip HOORAY for investing in people this year.

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