Inspired by the first parsha of the new year, Shemot, I aspire this year to give a new twist to the most mundane of acts: seeing.
I don't want to be anyone but me. I don't want to be prettier or cooler or something I'm not. I just want to be a better, more accurate version of myself. I know who I am. I know what I could be. It's time to make it happen.
I am building on the love from my Creator who I chose to call God, who made me and gives me everything I need and more. It is God's love that I will return to again and again in meditation and prayer, when I need love, and when I want to give love.
The New Year gives us an opportunity to look back over what has past, the mistakes we have made and also the good things that have happened. We certainly cannot change the past, but we do have to learn from it.
Six years ago, I ditched New Year's resolutions in favor of choosing one word to be my focus for the year. Just one word that represented what I most hoped God would do in and through me in the 12 months to come.
Appear naked on season two of "Girls." Babysit for Kimye. Record video talking and pacing on empty stage; upload it to YouTube; tell everyone I gave TED Talk.
Last night at midnight a New Year dawned. But what did I do? I stretched and yawned. For I was asleep, warmly snug in my bed, while visions of calendars danced in my head.
Oh, what a night. And what a difference. Like many, I was torn on what to do for New Year's Eve 2012. How many of you agonize over which friends to ...
To ring in the New Year for me now is in the primal moment, because I know time is cruel and limited, and as far as I know, it has me running for my life, trying to accomplish what I need to before it catches me.
Every year, like most people, I make my New Year's resolutions on Jan. 1. And then I battle with them for the rest of the year.
"It's New Year's again. Do you think we can get it right this year?" asks Oprah Winfrey.
What if, this year, you didn't make a New Year's resolution to be more patient as a parent, didn't promise to be more attentive or didn't vow to be more [insert here whatever you're feeling most remorsal about not being]?
For the new year, let's recognize what is there, and take it with us into 2013. Let detachment become engagement, and dispersion meet focus. Let surface skimming give way to exploration, and the urge to dismiss be replaced by the will to persevere.
Whether you love or despise New Year's Eve, most parents will attest to the challenge of not only finding a babysitter, but also deciphering her going rate for that particular night.
No. 4: Stop saying, "I support the troops." I don't. I used to. No. 5: Apologize for No. 4.
I've practiced parenthood for 29 years now, and if practice makes perfect, maybe in 2013 I can finally get it right. So here, in the interest of achieving the massive self-improvement needed, are my top five resolutions.