Writers like me are always looking for inspiration.
Many of my article ideas come from watching and listening to my grandchildren, as well as from observing nature and reading Scriptures.
This morning I was inspired by a bottle of laundry detergent.
I poured detergent into my washer, loaded the dirty clothes, closed the lid, and started the machine.
Then, as I began replacing the lid on the detergent bottle, I discovered I had started twisting it on in a crooked way. I had to take off the lid, align the grooves on the lid with the grooves on the bottle’s top, and begin again.
Then, as I twisted on the lid, I heard a satisfying “click,” which told me I had secured it properly.
I wish all misalignments in my life were so easily fixed.
Forever I am striving to secure that satisfying, all-is-as-it-should-be click in the following efforts:
- Get organized.
- Finish what I start.
- Take better care of myself.
- Write more.
If I were to compose a list of new year’s resolutions, these items would be on it.
But I’m resisting the urge to do that this New Year’s Day.
I don’t need a list to remind me to work toward achieving those goals.
There is no chance I will forget to try to get organized, declutter, finish what I start, take better care of myself, and write more.
Those are the very efforts that occupy my mind, my time, and my life every day. Why write on a piece of paper the goals I couldn’t not work toward if I tried?
The truth is this.
No matter how hard I work at it, I will never hear that elusive click informing me I’ve achieved success. I’ve reached my goals. I’ve arrived.
No click, so no list.
This year, I resolve to love better. To love the way 1 Corinthians 13 instructs me to love. To love more nearly the way God loves.
Consider joining me.