Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill



Happy new year to you all!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to hear people talking about new years’ resolutions as much as I did before. Maybe I’m just moving in different circles, or maybe people are a bit scunnered* with failing at something before it’s even started. 

As this is my first direct blog post on this website, let me say that even though it’s my first day back at work in the new year, I am not making a resolution for this to be a regular event! One can try, but then sometimes life gets in the way (or work!) even if you have good intentions. 

One thing I have decided on this year—although I am not calling it a resolution, is to not buy anything non essential. By which I mean that I will of course buy food and consumables as necessary, but I don’t want to buy stuff. Even before I saw the hashtag #2020wehaveplenty I had decided I have more than enough… clothes, books, everything really. Don’t most of us? So, this year I will try my hardest at not buying anything I really don’t need. The exception to the rule is if I need a book for my studies as I enter into the dissertation phase of my Masters.

Yesterday I ended up with a friend at Dobbies garden centre. ‘Oh snowdrops’, I said… intending to buy some, as I love them, and not having a car I don’t get the opportunity to go to garden centres very often. Then I paused and remembered. No, lovely, but not essential. This year, as always, I can enjoy spotting snowdrops in people’s gardens as I walk around. I don’t have to ‘own’ them to enjoy them. Pausing may be the key to success. Think before I act. 

Of course, the one thing I do want more of this year is God. More time with God, more of God in my life. That is the one thing that you can never have too much of. There’s a Zen saying which goes ‘You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day… unless you’re busy. Then you should sit for an hour.’ The same should be said for spending time with God. How often do our lives spiral out of control with business and often what gets pushed out is our time with God. But when we do make the effort to pray, read the Bible, just BE in his presence, we can find our time is used more efficiently, or things go smoother. Even when it doesn’t, and trouble strikes, we can be more internally prepared to face the challenges of the day. 

I’m not suggesting that you make a resolution this year to spend more time with God. But maybe it should be a lifestyle change. 

Julie Nicholson



past tense: scunnered; past participle: scunnered

  1. feel disgust or strong dislike.”he seemed even more scunnered with me than before”

1 thought on “Resolutions?”

  1. Thank you Julie. Very timely, and I agree with you about the stuff. Will try and ask myself if my next purchase is essential!


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