By Tom Ehrich
Cliche though it might be, I like the idea of making resolutions for the new year. Having a sense of purpose -- both specific and challenging -- seems important.
Here are my resolutions for 2015:
• Use pen and paper more (lists, to-dos, poetry). Why? Paper commits me to action, not just to organizing information. I like the feel of a good pen.
• Lose 30 pounds (via exercise and diet). Why? I want to be healthier and trimmer.
• Rethink my publications (On a Journey, Fresh Day, blog, Church Wellness Report). Why? Keep them fresh. Break free from routine and habit. Strive for honesty, no matter how inconvenient.
• Establish a productive and pleasing work environment. Why? I have two books and several publications to work on. I need to focus.
• Spend time with grandchildren and their parents. Why? I need them, and they need me.
• Simplify our lives. Give stuff away. Travel light. Why? Clear the decks for dealing with the complexities of life and faith.
• Rethink my reliance on Google products. Find an alternative to Gmail. Why? I don't appreciate being tracked and traded.
• Write more poetry. Why? Poetry helps me to see more.