Wednesday, January 22, 2014


As we near the end of January, I have a confession to make: I think better-in-2014 declarations are silly. Not because research has proven only 8% of people ever achieve their resolutions (that's actually a bummer), but rather because an enthusiastic post or tweet is hardly an effort towards the progress we're already capable of making. Plus, if we are to dig deep into those souls of ours, we know the most valuable resolutions aren't accomplished in measurable successes. Take these brilliant intentions:
"This year, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again." -Howard W. Hunter
I've decided to strive for each and every one this year. As for those epic, seemingly unattainable goals? I'll take them on, too, but quietly. We can want and work with all our might. We most definitely should. And yet the biggest and best, who and what we actually need most, oftentimes without even being aware of it, tend to happen outside the realms of our control. Opportunities have a way of creeping up on us once we've cleared the space for them. Go on... be and do, hope and dream, create and trust.


  1. Wonderfully put! If we could truly set out minds to living out Hunter's words, I think we'd most definitely find ourselves in a wonderful place at the end of 2014 :)

  2. Love this! I totally agree...the idea of a resolution to achieve for a whole year is fraught with failure from the start.

    I'm in Paris for the winter on a bit of a personal adventure and I've been trying to set daily intentions for myself. They feel much more realistic, practical, and fun!

    Loved your introduction to Hunter's words...thank you!

    1. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. You're very welcome and I hope you have the most wonderful time!


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