As midnight approached… and we were scanning through the half a dozen channels that our little RCA antenna is able to pick up out here in the middle of nowhere, we were considering what the new year could hold for us. Of course, there is no way to completely predict the future, but setting your sights in a particular direction is helpful.
When we saw that Miley Cyrus was going to be the ‘good-bye’ to 2013 in anticipation for the ball drop, it served as a reminder of one of the reasons a cable bill is not a high priority.
Fortunately, the local television station out of Central Michigan University was airing a Yo-Yo Ma special… and that proved to be a bit more captivating than the mind numbing performances on ABC… or was it CBS?
By steering the focus of the families attention towards something a bit more cultured, we at least expanded their horizons (for those who sat in the living room with us)… or caused them to stay engaged in each other with the playing of games rather than camped out before the tv (for those who know in their hearts that we are lame).
The ball dropped… we kissed… and hugged… and moved everyone to their sleeping quarters.
A matter of focus…
Amy and I aren’t the worlds greatest go-getters. Quite the contrary… we are attempting to simplify life as much as possible so that there is more time spent relationally, and less time maintaining functional ‘things’ that clutter and distract.
Such an endeavor requires focus because there is always the potential for one more cell phone notification to go off… another email to check… little quick tasks around the house to get done… another piece of clutter that could potentially become a pile… another piece of busyness that wants to pull us into a frenzy… another project that desires to be more of a priority than what it really is… another television show that is the latest ‘must see’… another opinion from someone living off their own perception about how it is we are living our life…
…and on… and on… and on…
It is a matter of focus to keep the demons of materialism at bay.
It is a matter of focus to keep the first things first… and hopefully the only things…
It is a matter of focus to do less… and to simply just be who we are… no more… no less… finding ourselves the owners of things that money can’t by.
I suppose as human beings, that’s really what we all want. Maybe that’s what all of the resolutions that have been made in the last 24 hours around the world are really all about.
We try to see things in an upside-down way. Our kids are telling us that we are so simple, that we are complex. Shows me that we have some work cut out for us 🙂
So, hopefully this year… if you grace us with your presence on this blog inhabiting a small corner of the Internet… you’ll find the topics being written about being less in their scope. You’ll find the depth of what is shared reaching places in your emotions that ring true to the parts of life that really matter.
For us… it is things of relationship… gardening… writing… photography… wine… and love.
That is where our focus is set.
May you have a great 2014. May blessings be ever in your sights.
Deep shalom to you and yours in 2014.