Resolution, Smezsolution…………….

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There is a movement afoot that will change the face of New Year’s resolutions forever if it is taken seriously. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the same old, same old resolutions. The revolution of the resolution takes the stance that we find one word that defines what we want to achieve and use that as our resolution. I love this approach.

When I heard about this new way of looking at resolutions, the first word that popped into my mind was “grace”. I think that it covers everything I want to achieve, be, and defines how I want to be treated. The following quotes (from brainyquote.com) illustrate just how wide the scope is that grace embraces:

1. “Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.” ~ Victor Hugo

2. “Courage is grace under pressure.” ~Ernest Hemingway

3. “Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.~ William Hazlitt

5. “Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.” ~Walter Scott

6. “Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

7. “But – but the greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up. That’s what grace is for. We’re going to fall, but we’ve got to get back up. And you’ve got to improve. And that’s what I’m all about.”  ~ Tim Tebow

And if that is not convincing enough of grace’s versatility—here are just some of the definitions of Grace in the Encarta Dictionary: generosity of spirit—a capacity to tolerate, accommodate or forgive people; a short prayer of thanks to God said before….a meal; pleasant and admirable quality or characteristic; elegance, beauty and smoothness of form or movement; dignified, polite, decent behaviour; in Christianity the infinite love, mercy, favour and goodwill shown to humankind by God.

And I will end with some wisdom from Anne Lamont: “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.

What would your one word resolution be for 2014?

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  1. I love this idea! Literally the first word that popped into my head was contentment, and I think that’s a great one to strive for. Happy New Year again my friend!!

    • Contentment is a perfect word–and certainly one to strive for–I am not there yet–but I am working on it–chocolate chip banana cake goes a long way towards contentment though

      • Enjoying a piece as we speak :). Second breakfast LOL!!

      • haven’t had my first and I have been up for three hours!

      • Food is the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning, and I feel sick if I don’t eat right away :).

      • yeah yeah (laughing) I’ve heard that excuse before!

      • Ask Mikey :). He learned very quickly not to take me anywhere in the morning without feeding me first LOL!

      • I was just kidding you–I am the same way actually

      • I know :). Sorry, I wasn’t ignoring you. We were seeing my parents off and are now treating ourselves with a trip to the casino :).

      • I went out to lunch with some friends–crazy cold weather did not stop us from being the ladies who lunch

  2. Another blogger read about doing this from yet another blogger… and the word that came to me was ‘victory’ …. I want to claim victory in some areas and ‘live’ the victory…. hard to explain without detail… but that’s definitely one word. “Grace” is a lovely resolution …. We could all do with having more of that… Diane

  3. I think you’ve already picked the best word; Grace. I like it! Although I might consider Patience. I haven’t had much of that lately and I need more…..I hope it shows up today! :-)

    • I am hoping patienced is rolled into the definition of grace somewhere–because it is an uneasy trait for me

  4. Lou Ann.. Just after I told you about the word I chose ‘victory’ … I went to read another blog and it blew my mind… I want to share it with you instead of trying to explain…. here’s the link … Diane

    http://forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/conquest-to-victory-spurgeons-faiths-checkbook-2/

  5. […] what I would like in my life in 2014 and I chose the word 'victory'. Then today I read another blogger writing about the very same thing and I told her what my word was. The very next blog I read is this […]

  6. I really like ” grace”…..it says a lot within one word. Considerable thought went into my one word resolution and I came up with “courage.”

  7. Love, love, love this. The worthiest of resolutions!

  8. The first word that came to mind for me was compassion. I try to practice this daily but could always strive to improve. :)

    • that is a beautiful word–the expression of which is even more beautiful–I think you are succeeding

      • Thanks LouAnn. I work on it and success sometimes seems to come in bits and spurts. ;)

  9. That certainly simplifies things! Unfortunately I get no positive words popping into my head so I’d better leave this as unresolved.
    Grace is an excellent word – as for me I remain graceless as always :)

  10. Grace is a wonderful word to choose. Those quotations are quite graceful in themselves – I particularly like William Hazlitt’s (the inward harmony of the soul) and, as always, Anne Lamott hits the nail right on the proverbial.

    • because of your poetic nature it does not surprise me that you liked Hazlitt


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