I’m too busy enjoying my holiday to deliberate about New Year’s Resolutions, which appears to be the common blogging and social media theme this week. I can set specific objectives anytime. Every morning when I wake up, is a new day – a renewal and new beginning.
Here’s what I do in honor of the New Year. Sometime between now and mid-January I choose an overriding theme, or mission statement that sets the tone and direction for the upcoming year. It can be as simple as one word or a short phrase. It’s the initiative I work toward while life happens around me and to me.
I remember the year I chose ‘my health’ as my guiding principle. I simply became more mindful in that area. The changes I made were subtle and easily managed. I cooked nutritious meals on weekends, when the weather did not beckon me outdoors. I played golf in the spring and summer, although some diehards play all year around here. I got my neighbour to commit to a weekly power walk with me, as long as we did not have to go out in the pouring rain and quack like ducks.
I did not punish myself or get upset after enjoying a dinner of pizza with some lovely Merlot followed by apple pie and ice cream for dessert. I did not feel guilty that I did not sign up for aerobic classes or a gym membership. Needless to say, by the end of the year, I was clearly healthier, lighter and fitter than I had been at the beginning of the year and that is something to celebrate.
I choose the annual themes based on what is going on in my life and a personal quest that is calling me. There were years when the job was my focus, others that were about family. And sometimes all that I chose to do was ‘stay the course’ – just keep doing what you’re doing.
I read an article that included ‘enjoy being alive’ as a potential resolution. I like that. It’s about appreciating and being grateful that you’re alive, regardless of what is happening in your life. Whether you’re having a two hour root canal or winning the lottery, “Every day above ground is a good day.”(1)
I believe something good happens every day – just open your eyes to see it, ears to hear it and heart to receive it. Just enjoy being alive.
Happy New Year!
(1) I traced this quote to be from the 1983 movie ‘Scarface’. Who knew?