New Year’s Resolutions

by PocketGoddess on January 3, 2007

Most people only keep a New Year’s resolution for three days, which means that most of those January 1 resolutions are either already broken or will be by the end of the day. I’m sure there are a few hardy souls who are able to keep those resolutions, but I’ve never been one of them. That’s probably because true change (like committing to a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking, etc.) is possible at any time, not just at the beginning of the year–resolutions are little more a fad or a cool idea with a very short shelf life. And I’ve finally realized that life won’t suddenly become perfect if I lose 20 pounds, organize my closet, find the perfect guy, or win the lottery.
So I’ve decided not to make any resolutions this year, but I have decided to make some positive changes in my life. They’re not the typical resolutions, but in some ways they have the same effect. The difference is that I’m doing my best not to beat myself up for not attaining instant perfection. The older I get, the more I realize that life is indeed a journey, not a destination–the important thing is how we live along the way.
So what are my New Year’s NOT resolutions? Top of the list is finishing what I start–it’s very hard for me to say no to new projects, no matter how long the to do list becomes. The other is to be more mindful–stay in the moment, no matter what I’m doing. That also cuts down on a lot of that negative self-talk that can so easily clutter up your mind if you let it. In other words, live more fully as a human, instead of striving to be a productivity machine, constantly stressed and distracted.
I still need to clean out my closet (and maybe buy a lottery ticket) but there’s a lot more to life than a perfectly organized wardrobe.

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