Kudos to the brave souls who came out in the cold this morning for our first session of 2011! I’m sure I’m not the only one who was happy to be back for coffee, snacks, and talking with fellow moms.
After our introductions and announcements, Sandy led a devotional in which we reflected on the joys and pains of 2010, and then looked forwards at our hopes and worries for 2011. It was a neat way to re-frame the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions,” which a lot of people find pointless since they seem destined to fail. She talked about how the idea of starting from scratch each year is problematic because we always bring our baggage from previous years along with us. By looking back at the positives and negatives from last year, we can be more mindful when considering where the future will take us. And by confronting our worries about the coming year, we can be more honest when it comes to our goals and devise ways of confronting those worries.
We finished in small groups, sharing our joys, pains, hopes, and worries with each other. What did you think of going back over 2010 and framing 2011 this way? For those of you who couldn’t make it out this week, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.