Not much of a one for the New Year Resolutions – the daily battle does me without adding the burden that a ‘great leap forward’ might be attainable. So I was delighted to get hold of my favourite ‘Independent’ today after missing a couple. It offers ‘A New You’ supplement – the easy way to make 2008 the best year of your life – The No Diet Diet. Fortunately it has already reached No 4: Seeing the Results – so I can bask in outcomes without worrying too much about process.
It’s all very … awareness; responsibility; emotional intelligence; assertiveness; social intelligence. Wouldn’t argue with much of it – indeed life in the church would be much easier if we could all handle ourselves as this suggests. Except that for me it doesn’t add up to a model of being with and for others. I particularly liked some of the bits of the Awareness section: ‘Listening for sounds that you’re not normally aware of – this could be anything from birdsong to the sound of the central heating firing up.’ Welcome to 2008