It’s true. I suck at New Year’s Resolutions.
I never NEVER keep them for longer than a week or so. But, every December 31, I strap on my optimism and write a series of excellent resolutions and then exactly 365 days later, I rack my brain trying to remember the previous year’s resolutions. Geez, I have a short memory. And I had so been hoping to avoid Alzheimer’s.
Perhaps it’s just that I am unfocused, weak, and without self-discipline. If only meaning well and having determination were enough. Sadly, good intentions does not a resolution make. It is the moment to moment, day to day, week to week, month to month that creates change.
This year I am approaching it all differently. I mean, really, does anyone keep their New Year’s resolutions? Do you? I started wondering what someone kept their New Year’s Resolutions was like.
Just sayin, but I am not sure I would want to hang out with them. Please forgive me if you are that rare kind of person who says, “this year, I will eat no ice cream” and holds it throughout a year. All the more power to you. But, my guess is, you aren’t a ton of fun to live with.
How about instead of resolutions, we create intentions? And in lieu of it sweating out lists like
- Lose 20 pound
- Drink 7 glasses of water/day
- Visit Grandma regularly
- Quit smoking
- Organize the garage
- Find my soul mate
let’s think about making intentions for the year. It would be more like a principle or a theme. Using words that inspire and center us.
I began by asking the question: “Who do I want to become?” Following are a few of my word considerations.
- Intentional (in living healthily for myself and the world)
- Courage (in speaking my truth in situations where I am fearful)
- Honesty (with myself and others)
- Awareness (of others needs and of God)
- Generosity (toward family and friends, those in need, and myself)
- Movement (in my music, writing, and peace work)
What I have decided to focus on are two words: Generosity and Movement. I will be in touch from time to time with an update of how my awareness grows. Because I suck at resolutions.