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Saturday, January 9, 2010

I've been Thinking . . .

I seldom make New Years Resolutions.

I think it comes from many years of being overly ambitious, setting too many goals, expecting or seeking perfection, and then falling short a few weeks into the process. (Let's face it, when you're imperfect, it's tempting to want to do a "total makeover", and come out the other end just like Mary Poppins :)

I think that's why I absolutely always loved the counsel of President Gordon B. Hinckley. He was always encouraging women to "do your best".




"simply do what you can do, in the best way you know"

"if you do your best, it will all work out"

"try a little harder to be a little better"

"I pray that each of us will be a little more kind, a little more thoughtful, a little more courteous."


So . . . for this year, I hope that I can be . . .

. . . a little more prayerful
a little more active
consume a little less sugar
and a little more water
be a little more in the scriptures
and a little more attentive
a little more humble
a little more thrifty
and . . .
take a little bit better photos this year than I did last . . .
(just had to throw that last one in there!)




I am indeed grateful for a weekly opportunity to begin again,
to become a little better.





22 comments:

Momza said...

How did you know I've been missing Pres. Hinckley lately?? I do and this was perfect. Thank you.

Lisa said...

Not being LDS, I never knew anything about Pres. Hinckley. But he seems like a good, good man. I'll have to read more about him. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you great post.

The Wrights said...

I've been thinking of all the things I want to do better, and there are so many...thanks so much for this thought. I really needed it!

Joy For Your Journey said...

That was perfect!! I have had such a hard time thinking about goals for the coming year because I feel I failed miserably in my goals for last year. Like you, when I set a goal I want to be perfect in it or I feel I have failed. But after reading your quote I realized I didn't fail as much as I thought I did. I may not be perfect in my goals, but I did show improvement so the year wasn't a total failure in that way.

Your goals for the new year sound so sweet. Best of luck with them.

M said...

Lovely post. Great words to live by Hinckley!

Just visiting from MBC and looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Andrea said...

Awesome. I think that's the best way to make resolutions.

Carolyn said...

I'm still trying to decide how I feel about resolutions. I like your approach.

tammy said...

Love your post on this. As long as we're always trying, that's what matters.

carol said...

Loved this post... more than a little :-)

Pedaling said...

i miss pres. hinckley.

a little more....the best advice.

Loralee and the gang... said...

I love those quotes. They may just end up on the sidebar of my blog! Thanks!

Nikia, May and da kids said...

Thanks Kristin for the reminder. I usually try to do all I can and then get disappointed if I fall short of amazing but I plan to follow this motto this year, DO YOUR BEST!

I know we shouldn't have a favorite but I heart Gordon B. Hinckley for the impact he had on my son growing up when I wasn't the best mom = )

May

Sue said...

Great post! It was good to be reminded of Pres. Hinckley and his gentle optimism.

I really like your idea, too. "A little more" beats a revolution any day, especially when you want to feel better about yourself when all is said and done.

So I am adopting your measure and going for a little more instead of the whole nine yards in my self-improvement efforts this year.

Thanks! I'm feeling downright enthusiastic about the possibilities.

Clairity said...

Wise words from the Pres, thanks. I'll write them on my yellow sticky and stick 'em up on my computer monitor ;)

Together We Save said...

Thanks for the reminder.... we can all do better.

Theta Mom said...

I LOVE these "resolutions." Awesome!!!

Victoria said...

I am keeping mine simple as well. I can resolve to do "a little" of quite a few things. I am tired of doing everything! I love President Hinckley.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thank you for sharing those quotes. They are so inspirational for the new year!

Elaine said...

I agree. I think we are often too hard on ourselves! President Hinckley always gave such great gentle reminders that a little better is BETTER! ;)


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Debbie said...

I tend to lean more toward the trying to do my best every day rather than making resolutions.

Valerie said...

Up until the first day of this year, I was convinced that I wasn't doing resolutions this year. I just work on goals as I get motivated to throughout the year. But I suddenly felt that there were things I needed to change and I couldn't put them off longer. And several of those things are in your list. :) I'm doing pretty good so far these first few days of the year and it feels good.

What a sweet picture of Pres. Hinckley with a great quote from him!

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