My New Year's Resolutions

Did I express love this year, real love?
The kind of love that doesn't announce itself
in flashy circumstances or structured conditions -
but an authentic, quiet, internal love?
The kind of love that bubbles to the surface
when I gaze at another with understanding,
a love that places me in their shoes,
granting freedom from judgment
and deepening my compassion?

A philanthropic love that expresses
because it simply feels compelled to,
because it knows there is more than enough
and everyone can benefit.
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in my authentic loving.

Did I forgive this year, really forgive?
The kind of forgiveness that cracks open my heart,
peeling away one more layer of righteous indignation,
thus allowing my soul to breathe?

The kind of forgiveness that
loosens my clinched fists held high at a situation
so that I don't enter into the next one
with guarded mistrust?

The kind of forgiveness that comprehends
there is a difference between understanding
a behavioral choice and condoning it?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in my forgiving.

Did I stop this year, really stop?
The kind of stopping that can't help but make me
vulnerable by becoming more familiar with who I am
without distraction, smoke screens, excuses
or self-imposed numbing?

The kind of stopping that turns me naked
towards my feelings, giving them permission to
express? No right or wrong - a stopping
that simply lets me hear what I need to hear
so that I can live more effectively?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in allowing myself to stop.

Did I seek adventure this year, real adventure?
The kind of adventure that requires me to not only
take a leap of faith off my cliff of familiarity
but actually sends me back to get a running start?

The kind of adventure that shakes the dust off
my capable but underused wings
and gives them an opportunity to catch
the gorgeous wind of change?

The kind of adventure that knows there is no
outside safety net in this physical world,
only an internal one?

The kind of adventure that shouts,
"I choose to live fully!"
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in seeking adventure.

Did I seek wellness this year, real wellness?
The kind of wellness that requires me to be fully
conscious of what I put in my body -
the kind of wellness that requires me to practice
what I preach when it comes to self-love
while understanding that the power to dissolve
poor habits starts by simply choosing to change?

Wellness that says,
"This is the only body you've got.
Treat me with respect, praise me
daily and honor me as the holy temple that I am?"
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in allowing wellness in my life.

Did I play this year, really play?
The kind of play that gives value to the heavenly
activity of fun - knowing that fun is sacred,
that play is the equivalent of work and that
during play - renewal and relaxation usher in
the newest ideas and the clearest
choices for better manifestations?

Did I view play as a necessary life function
and not a debatable luxury?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in my relationship to playing.

Did I set a goal and see it to completion this year,
really complete it?
The kind of completion that lets the vibration
of satisfaction and confidence in my
abilities heal any opposing ideas
of not being  good enough?

Did I honor my life and its sacred purpose by
utilizing my time with forward thinking
and letting my mistakes be motivators
not antagonists?

Did I dissolve my insecurities and procrastination
by understanding that my untapped genius
has but one mode of expression
and that is through idea, thought, word and action?
If not, then I  resolve to be and do better
in setting and completing my goals.

Did I open myself up to learn this year, really learn?
The kind of learning that entices me
to enroll in being a student of life
with thirst and enthusiasm?

Did I set an intention for uncovering more
of my potential, letting divine intellect
eat from my plate and stepping deeper
 into the waters of wisdom?

Did I open a book, take a class, study a language,
learn an instrument, write a poem,
visit another culture?

Did I learn to surprise and thrill myself
with the infinite capacity I have
to master more than I thought I could?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
on my personal path of learning.

Did I clean up my relationships this year,
really clean them up?
The kind of cleaning that requires me
to break open the lock, pull back the curtain,
throw open the window and start removing
the dust of harsh words, grudges,
false accusations and misguided choices
that have layered my heart?

Did I make amends for the fearful ways
that disheartened another,
for neglecting to honor their point of view?

With careful examination,
did I communicate my truth,
understanding that sometimes all we may be able
to do is agree to disagree and to do so
without judgment or malice?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
on cleaning up my relationships.

Did I share my good this year, really share?
The kind of sharing that comes from the pure joy
of seeing another succeed,  not from what I think
they can or will do for me in return?

Did I tithe back to where I was spiritually fed,
transformed and inspired?
Did I practice random acts of kindness
and give of my time, talent, and treasure
realizing that my good is a part of a never-ending
wellspring that cannot run dry -
whose source is and always will be the infinite
wellspring of the Divine?

Did I commit to walking the altruistic path,
remembering that every step brings
healing and enlightenment to the world?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
in my sharing.

Did I pray this year, really pray?
The kind of prayer that is spoken not to God but AS God - prayers that affirm rather than beseech,
are pregnant with knowing rather than
bloated with doubt?

Did I make my every day activities a prayer -
realizing that every thought I think
carries with it the responsibility of
an effect on the world?

Did I remember how truly powerful
my own prayer  actually is and that by simply
devoting myself  to the practice of it,
I become the change?

Did I remember that my prayer takes what I
seek and introduces it to me, the seeker?
If not, then I resolve to be and do better
with praying.

Did I do all these things because deep down inside
I fully understand how precious I am
and that these activities will help me to see
that I am held in the light as a perfect idea?

Did I remember that I have been
perfectly conceived
and am always held in the perfect mind of God
as perfect being?

Did I know that there is nothing
that I can ever say,
nothing I can ever do that will separate me
from the love of God?

If for any reason,
I forgot my divinity this year,
then I resolve to be and do better
in my knowing of it,
to fully understand and embody the truth
that it is done unto me as I believe.

And I believe in the power of Good,
for me, for you, for all.

By Rev. David Ault


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