Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

A person sitting on the ground in front of water. Most of my New Year’s Resolutions  over the years haven’t lasted past  the last winter’s frost.  So last year I  finally decided to avoid the guilt and let myself off the hook (Post 1/1/15).

But it didn’t feel quite right.  It isn’t just that New Year’s resolutions are a tradition, like the ball on Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  There’s something more.  Writing  new year’s resolutions requires that I take the time to  thoughtfully review the past year and to look forward into the new one.  Each resolve is  the hope to become something better than I am.  This brand new year will provide fresh opportunities to be a kinder, more compassionate, more balanced person.  In this new year there will be times to smile more; to be more playful and less anxious; ways to spend more energy on the people in my life and less on the“busyness†of life.   To forgive more and worry less.

So this year I’m giving it another try.  Maybe I’ll be more successful this time.   But  even if my resolutions last only three months; three weeks, or three days, it will be  time well spent. Happy New Year!

2 thoughts on “Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

  1. I’ve learned to avoid making concrete goals that bring stress. Instead, I’m learning to make a resolution to be more mindful and share more love. Happy New Years!

  2. AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU MY FRIEND ! For what ever the reason, I just never bothered making new year’s resolutions. Perhaps cause I enjoy traveling light ! Don’t even carry a large hand bag/purse, all I need is the bare necessities.. LeVerne

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