This is the time of year when everyone makes their New Year's Resolutions. I got up early this morning, grabbed all of my papers and a pen and with determination opened my journal to write down all of my "resolutions". I completely froze - I thought 'Why do I want to waste my time writing down these resolutions which I am sure I won't end up honoring more than half a day?" Typically, each New Year's Day I eschew all alcohol, sugar, carbs, shopping, etc. and I resolve to exercise, be more organized and spend less. I never make it past the first week. Anyway, this year, like all of you, I seem to have given up so many other things (and not by choice) that I am sure I could easily rationalize keeping every bad habit.
Does anyone every really keep their resolutions? Maybe only the most disciplined of us have such resolve that they can abstain from all self-destructive behavior. In order for this year to be different, I realize that I must think about things in a different way. Instead of making a resolution this year, I am going to make a commitment to take better care of myself. This won't involve any negative associations with deprivation. Rather, I will choose to do constructive things which lift my spirit:
I commit to taking time to enjoy my family and my life.
I commit to being grateful for all of my wonderful friends and to only focus on the beautiful qualities that make them unique.
I commit to being grateful for the life I have and I commit to being respectful of the earth as well as the time I have here on this earth.
I commit to serving others while still creating safe boundaries.
This year, by committing to these things, the resolutions to do away with bad habits might be replaced with positive commitments and maybe, just maybe, these commitments might be easier to keep.
As we gratefully say good riddance to 2020, I hope that everyone will consider making a positive commitment list this year.
Please stay safe and healthy and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!