Happy New Year: In 2013 I Will...

With the New Year upon us Mormon.org is asking a simple question over on both their Facebook and Google Plus pages, using a clever video that I really like: what will you do in 2013? That's it.

How about...

Inspire instead of retire?
Dance with the family?
Read the Bible every day?
Get out of your comfort zone?
Be there for bedtime stories?

Finish that song?
Conquer the Appalachian Trail?
Work from home?
Fall in love . . . again?
Learn to forgive?

So instead of setting the big goals that often overwhelm and discourage many, even setting us up for early failure, why not make small, meaningful commitments that will affect our lives and those we love with a different perspective. After all, how many times have we been told that it's the little things in life that really count. I actually believe that; not that longterm goals don't have an important place in our lives, too. But often times this whole New Year's goal setting thing can become a bit of a burdensome tradition that personally, I'd rather ignore. I think perhaps that's why this little encouragement from Mormon.org appeals to me so much, and I find so inviting.

In fact, so much so that I'm kind of excited about all the little possibilities for its application in my own life in 2013. How refreshing to be looking at setting goals, or not, without feeling defeated before I even get started. I think the difference is in looking at incorporating versus destinations or reaching specific accomplishments; or making it whatever you want it to be! 

Video: What Will YOU Do in 2013?

"Those who are filled with the love of Christ do not seek to force other to do better; they inspire others to do better, indeed inspire them to the pursuit of God. We need to extend the hand of friendship. We need to be kinder, more gentle, more forgiving, and slower to anger. We need to love one another with the pure love of Christ. May this be our course and our desire. " ~ Howard W. Hunter " A More Excellent Way"

I've heard it said that a 'commitment' not written down is just a wish, so feel free to leave a comment and share what you will do in 2013...

Kathryn Skaggs

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Thomas S. Monson: Living the Abundant Life  (One of my favorite talks about choosing to live well and how.)

"At the advent of a new year, I challenge Latter-day Saints everywhere to undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life—a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings…

So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment." ~ Thomas S. Monson


  1. So, I've decided to go first:

    In 2013 I will read more good books, play board game with my grandchildren and be a better listener. : )

  2. Since "He who dies with the most toys" -- still dies, I will carefully consider and possibly also prioritize the acquisition of toys.

    1. Kat, I'm working on realistic resolutions -- but exercising more, eating less, praying more frequently and with more devotion and every other "good thing" seems to be difficult since I can resist anything BUT temptation.


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