10 Ways to Begin Well

New Year celebration clockRather 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.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 179 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

2 Comments on 10 Ways to Begin Well

  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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