Yesterday I was talking to my cousin about New Years Resolutions. I told him mine were to dig deeper into my current commitments. Then I coincidentally came across this article. It resonated well with me, and past conversations I’ve had with some of my close friends. The whole article is great and worth a read. Here are some of the highlights:
You take a whole year in which you don’t start anything new or acquire any new possessions you don’t need.
No new hobbies, equipment, games, or books are allowed during this year. Instead, you have to find the value in what you already own or what you’ve already started.
..taking a whole year to go deeper instead of wider, you end up with a rich but carefully curated collection of personal interests, rather than the hoard of mostly-dormant infatuations that happens so easily in post-industrial society.
As long as we live in a consumer culture, it may always be easier to go wider than deeper. Going deeper requires patience, practice, and engagement during stretches where nothing much is happening.
In the consumer age, where it’s so easy to pick up and abandon new pursuits, I imagine this Depth Year thing really catching on, and maybe becoming a kind of rite of passage. People are already getting sick of being half-assed about things, I like to think.
When we give ourselves fewer places to dig, we go deeper, and what we uncover is more rare and valuable than the usual stuff near the surface.
2018 is my depth year where I will continue to be steadfast to the things I’ve already committed to.
- Exercise: continue to do yoga,pilates, and piyo. Commit to two times a week consistently.
- Food: continue to eat healthy with our meal prep. Add breakfast into a morning routine and drink healthy homemade elixirs.
- Volunteer: continue to volunteer at our local non-profit weekly, adding an extra day when possible.
- Read the books I already own, have read or borrowed from the library.
- Relationships: deepen the handful of friends I have, most of which live out of state. Continue to cultivate friendships with my family members, especially my cousins I grew up with. Learn something new about my husband and learn to appreciate our differences in personalities.
- Hobbies: continue to go hiking and visiting national parks! Finish craft projects I have in the garage.
- Home: continue to re-do our home slowly, surely, and mindfully. We renovate with items that are second hand and like to implement practices for less waste with compost, recycling, reusing, and conscious consuming.
- Shopping: only for essentials. Getting creative with what we already own. Buying second hand, utilizing freecycle, craigslist, offerup, and facebook marketplace.
- Letting go: of things (literally and figuratively) that are burdensome, holding back, not needed and/or can bless someone else.Over all, continue to enjoy life with contentment, joy, and peace! Prioritizing relationships and people over things, and continuing to pursue Jesus first above all.
By continuing to commit to these things my hope is after twelve months there is less stress, no chaos or superficial stuff, and no burn outs. Instead, a deeper satisfaction with life, a greater reward with stewardship, and better habits. And lastly, the joy that comes from the practice of commitment.