Instead of allowing this year to take from me, I’m going to preemptively give to it. Even today, as the year barely begins to get its feet underneath itself to take off on another sprint toward December, I will give it something it usually does not get from me:
I’m determining to not allow the months to race by me, but to cherish moments in ways that I have forgotten. I’m going to give back to the hours and minutes before they are taken from me.
My time. My attention. It is unique and it is mine only to give. To waste it is to pour diamonds down a drain. No one else can give it in the way I can.
Money is easy to come by. Words, even well crafted ones, are common and many. But time, attention and listening: those are rare. One day my ears will be dulled and my time will be gone so this year, I want to give to the year with intention before it steals these things from me.
And you. You have these same things to give. The beauty of the kind of love that is special to you. The style of grace that is only yours to bestow. The hours that you have: you can give these like no other.
So let’s each take the distinctives of who we each are share them boldly and generously with others.
It is time and it is love that are important this year.
It is holding close those that we love. It is being with friends. It is making adventure intentional. It is putting down the things that grab us and running outside with the children. It is loving, it is gracing, it is holding and it is laughing.
It is you.
How will you give yourself to the year? How will you give yourself to others? Have you made any resolutions this January?