Getting Committed

Every year we are encouraged, and maybe even motivated, to make some changes in the new year. There is something almost mystical and the process of preparing to finish one year of our lives and begin another one. Many of us make resolutions about areas of our lives we want to improve or change. I am no different. I am just wondering if I will follow through on those things I want to see happen.

There are some things I would like to change this next year. However, I am afraid of falling into the same old traps of these kinds of resolutions. If I am being honest, I am not really all that resolute when I write these wants and desires down. I almost feel obligated to do something because that is what you are supposed to do at the start of the year. Right?

It may be the word itself, I am not sure. How many people really know what it means to resolve to do something? And even though I feel pretty sure I do, these resolutions are more reminders of what is wrong with my life and what I failed to do in the past year. I do not want to make resolutions about this year about things I half-heartedly wanted to do anyway. I guess I am just tired of doing things because I can’t think of anything else to do.

That’s why I have decided to make New Year’s commitments. I want to do somethings this year that I know I can do and I want to do. This list of commitments is rather short, mainly because I am lazy, but more importantly because it is not about trying to impress anybody. I want to commit to these things because I feel strongly about doing them.

So, what are my commitments? I want to read more, write more, play more and love more.

I want to read more. There are some books that have been gathering dust for far too long on my shelves. I love books, but I am not the best at reading the books I get. I want to change that.

I want to write more. There are a few subjects that I really enjoy thinking about and would like to put them down. I may or may not blow anybody away with what I write, but it is a discipline I want to develop.

I want to play my guitar more. I pick up the guitar seven years ago. I am okay. I can play songs and figure somethings out, but I want to become more proficient. I am not trying to be famous, I just want to be better.

I want to love more. I have a great family. A beautiful wife who loves me and puts up with my craziness. And two great girls who love me better than I deserve. I want to be more intentional about making memories with them. I will have to enlist some help with these, but that is part of the journey.

What are some of your commitments for this year?

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