THE BLOG
12/30/2014 12:40 pm ET Updated Mar 01, 2015

My Wish for Us, This New Year

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I love a new year. I love fresh starts, clean calendars, and a new list of goals to help guide the way. I like the feeling of endless possibility. Yes, this year I would like to read more, write more, and learn to play the piano. I would like to spend more time holding my family and less time worrying about them. I'd like all of these things, but they are not my goals. This year I have one goal, just one resolution.

Recently, my dear friend lost her older brother to a long illness. A family man of faith and a Sergeant Major in the Marine Corp, he liked to use the expression, "Just sit in the truck and don't play with the radio."

We've all heard, "Don't worry be happy" and "Let go and let God," but I like his take best. I understand it to mean, don't try to control everything. Don't get in the middle of it all and muck up the works. There is a plan for me in this universe so trust the journey. Relax.

Sit in the truck and don't play with the radio.

These words are my map for 2015. I aim to internalize the idea that there is a lesson for me in every person, every thing that comes across my path. Each situation will afford me a new opportunity to align myself with God's will, knowing that whatever I might try to push, pull, and orchestrate, God's will is what's going to happen anyway.

Sit in the truck and don't play with the radio.

It's a call to faith. It's the call to action that is about inaction. It's the knowledge that I can stop carrying the weight of the world, it's okay -- God and the universe have got this one. Its about trust.

Sit in the truck and don't play with the radio.

This is my wish for you too, my friends. Enjoy this life. Let the water of busyness move around you as it would a rock in a stream. Unclench. It's not all up to you. You are a big deal, but not The Big Deal. In this new year, close your eyes and hear the music.

Sit in the truck and don't play with the radio.