I've been thinking the past few days about the year ahead. 2020 was difficult, no doubt about it, but I feel I've let myself down this past year more that the world has. Looking back I see lost opportunities, chances to better myself left unexamined and untried, and possibilities that went unfulfilled.  I guess we all feel that way at the end of most years. I've learned not to make new years resolutions, but rather decide who I want to be and where I want to be at the end of the next year and then put practices in place to get me there.

For 2021, I was thinking of the phrase, get up and fight. Meaning this year is the time to fight through the lethargy, the distractions, and the excuses. Fight for all the possibilities of who I can be after living the next 365 days that have been given to me. Then I came across the list of 1943 new years resolutions from American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. The last item on his list was to "wake up and fight". I like that better. Its so easy to allow ourselves to "fall asleep" in life and allow constant distractions to lull us into inactivity and a numbness to the world around us. I'd like to reach 2022 having woken up each morning with a renewed will to fight and live and receive all that God intends for my life.

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