Monday, January 5, 2009

Gifts and Goals

In celebration of Epiphany, we received gifts of gold (well, fool's gold), frankinscence and myrrh from our Catholic church. If you recall the Bible story, these were the gifts mentioned that Magi from the East brought to the infant Jesus.
It makes me realize (a small epiphany, if you will) that stories are gifts, not just the stories I write exclusively for my family as proper gifts, but the stories I share more widely. I have been given many gifts. I hope to develop these gifts and use them wisely.
So, to nurture these gifts, I will:
  1. Have one-on-one time with each family member every day.
  2. Pray every day.
  3. Walk every day.
  4. Write every day.
  5. Be kind every day.

This reminds me very much of Jacqui's list. She said that it looks so dull compared to the big changes many people propose, but she rightly concludes that it would be wonderful to do these things every single day. Of course, I agree.

My hope is that with this dailiness I will:

  1. Grow closer to my family.
  2. Grow closer to God.
  3. Be more fit.
  4. Write a novel and a dozen shorts.
  5. Be a better person.

by the end of the year.

Please share what you would like to accomplish this year, writing or otherwise.



Bish Denham said...

What a perfect list! It incorporates all the important things and is open ended at the same time. I think I'm going to borrow it.

Jacqui said...

I like your list too. Happy new year.

Vijaya said...

I knew you'd like the list, Jacqui :) Absolutely feel free to borrow, Bish.

I like daily/weekly routines.

Jen said...

Beautifully written, as always! May 2009 be all that you need it to be.

Beth Bence Reinke said...


I love your list - so simple yet extremely important. I think I'll join Bish in borrowing your list. :o)

It's been a long time since we've communicated. I hope all is well with you and your family and your writing.

Blessings in 2009!


Vijaya said...

Thank you, Jen.

Beth, it's wonderful to hear from you. I'll write you soon privately.

Wishing you both a happy, healthful and blessed New Year.