10 Ways to Begin Well

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Rather than compose elaborate resolutions for the year to come, simply do, in some small way, what you intend to do all year:

  • Say “Thank you” to at least one person.
  • Make one healthy choice about your body—food or drink or rest or motion.
  • Do one generous act, big or small.
  • Say “yes” to the day’s gifts.
  • Get quiet for five minutes, just to be still.
  • Let one person know that you appreciate him or her.
  • Do one creative act, big or small.
  • Allow yourself to consider what someone else is going through.
  • Do one thing well and with full attention.
  • Open your arms—and your heart—to God.

If you did it today, you can do it again, and again.

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Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.


  1. Dear Vinita, Thank you so much for such excellent daily exercises. My wife and I are much appreciative of them and plan to utilize them daily. God bless you, David Eastis

  2. These are excellent simple, spiritual goals and reminders for the New Year. I think that I will print these, so I can be reminded each day about how to include these goals in everyday life.


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