From Anne Voskamp: “How in the world do you step hopeful into the next year when you tripped messy through the last year? How do you stand brave with all the smiling rest and ring in the new year when the old year still feels a bit like a millstone around the neck? What if everyone else is making New Year’s resolutions and you just want New You solutions?”  Read the whole post here.

I have a confession to make.   I’m an Elder in my church (no that’s not my confession) and one of my biggest struggles with and at church is that so many people are experiencing pain and struggle – and so few of them are saying anything about it.

Adam and Eve were told that from the time they sinned, the world would be full of struggles and challenges (to put it lightly).    So, feeling like you struggle and trip up and mess up shouldn’t be so unusual.

More from Anne: “We are all going to botch it some days. We all sometimes get the notes wrong. But the song only goes wrong — when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes.”

So, when you look back at 2013 and look forward to 2014, don’t keep thinking about the wrong notes you hit, the mistakes you made, the problems that didn’t get solved.   Instead, fall forward.  Keep pushing forward, keep trying.  Pay attention to the notes you got right.

And, as Dori said in “Finding Nemo,” “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

Tom