Nearly 12 months ago I decided on a few New Year’s resolutions I was fairly sure I could keep. I broke them into various categories, the idea being to take some small steps forward in several different areas of my life, rather than one large step in any one spot.
On the whole, this seemed to work out well. Writing them down also helped, as I was able to refer to them often. These two practices I will use again in the coming year, as I am already beginning to think of how I can take what I have learned and apply it to the future.
The one-book-per-month was a fabulous success. I read Brave New World, 1984, Something Wicked This Way Comes, To Kill a Mockingbird, Death comes for the Archbishop, Alice in Wonderland, The Epic of Gil-gamesh, Ender’s Game, Paradise Lost, The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
I also finished Christ, the Life of a Soul. Excellent book. I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to examine and delve more deeply into their spiritual lives. Since its conclusion, I have picked up Jesus of Nazareth. I am also plugging away at Church history, having currently made it up to the Middle Ages. I fully anticipate taking all of next year to finish the book.
My prayer schedule took some tweaking. I had to adjust what I could do and when, but I figured out I had (if nothing else) quiet time early in the morning and right before bed. So reading of the Bible was placed at waking up. A few months ago, I found this very nice app for my phone which included not only the Mass readings for the day, but also a selection of commentary from various Catholic writers, from Origen and Ignatius to St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. All in all, some wonderful food for thought. In the evening, I read my spiritual book. Off and on, I tried saying daily rosaries or Divine Mercy chaplets, but I’m still working on consistency.
While I’m happy with my intellectual and spiritual progress, I’m not so happy with my physical progress. I’ve been all over the place this year. For weeks or months I would eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly. Then I would slip up, get frustrated, or crazy busy, and all those things I knew I should be doing fell by the wayside. I am going to have to make it more a focus for the coming year.
How did your year go?