Today started a new year and with all this beautiful snow at our lake cabin I couldn’t resist a walk on nature’s blank slate. It was as if nature knew we were all starting over and wanted to join in! Our lake cabin has always been my second home so it’s only appropriate to celebrate the holidays here. The property has been in our family for almost 60 years! One of my favorite things is to go for a walk amongst the trees and down paths that have watched me grow up over the years. Today as I walked, I reflected on the year past and wondered what 2016 would bring. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and this time of year brings ample reminders to be mindful and purposeful in the year to come. Having just celebrated all of life’s blessings amongst family and friends, we give thanks for the things God has given us. It is under that influence that we are invited to see what we may endeavor to contribute in the coming year. As someone who has always enjoyed dreaming and setting goals, I revel in the chance to indulge in that for the coming year. The challenge is to set goals that are both beneficial and achievable. So this year as you set your sights on the seasons ahead, remember to set one goal each for improving yourself, your relationships, and your community. After all, our resolutions are just reminders to live a life more mindful of others and less involved in ourselves.
Photos taken by DJ Kelley and edited by Amie Akers.