I started a tradtion a few years ago to make Birthday resolutions instead of New Year's. It works well for me because my birthday is in February, so it's still kinda close to the new year. Actually it is probaby really close to the time that a lot of folks start falling off of the New Year wagon.
I decided to make Birthday resolutions for a few reasons. First, it seemed to me that birthdays are a really great time to be presented with a "clean slate." Birthdays can represent so much to us, sometimes we view it as a sad thing... the passing of youth and/or the introduction to creaky bones. But I think birthdays are to be celebrated, no matter what. Birthdays should be confetti and noise makers proclaiming that we've made it this far and we're not giving up now!
Also, though, I was always so slammed in the months leading up to New Year's day that I didn't have a moment to sit and reflect on what I really wanted to change in the new year. If I did make a resolution on New Year's it was the generic lose 20 pounds or get more organized kind of thing. Quick and no real thought put into it-- and certainly not prayer! So, I said I'll make a birthday resolution. I have time to think about it during the "down time" that I used to have after the holiday season was packed up and sold.
I like to think of the 47 days that I have from New Year's until my birthday as prep time. Kind of like cleaning the house before the maid comes over or flossing before a dentist appointment. I have time to sort of work on my resolutions before I announce them to the world... or my closest friends.
So, I have some that I am working on. I have some that I am praying on. And they will make sneak peak appearances between now and the big day in February. I'll share when I think they are ripe.
Until then, though, are you working on any? Praying on any? What is twenty-ten shaping up to be for you? I can't wait to see what you have to say!