Sunday, December 31, 2017
New Year's Resolutions
The end of the year is as good a time as any to reflect on any needed changes or improvements in our lives. Considering how many people rarely assess their lives, the New Year is a least one time each year for them to do it.
Personally, I self-reflect and make new plans a lot more often than that. If a person never takes inventory of their life and never makes changes, things just happen to them. Isn't it better to take life's helm and chart your own course?
I am fond of lists. Every now and then I'll make a list of things I want to do or things I want to change. Writing things down does wonders for turning plans into actions. It's more real than vague notions of improvements drifting around in your head. Recently I rediscovered one of those lists in an old notebook. About 75% of the things I listed to do or change actually happened. As for the other 25%, sometimes something better turned up. Only a small percentage of the list never got resolved. That came as a surprise to me, as I didn't realize how much stuff I'd actually accomplished. Pretty neat to see it in black and white.
Avoid a major resolution mistake. Do not join a gym with the intent of getting in shape. For the first few weeks of the year the gyms are going to be crowded. After a month almost all of the new people will be gone. Instead of joining a gym, start exercising at home. It doesn't have to be anything major. Just going for a 30 minute walk five times a week is a good start. If at the end of that month you are still serious about the gym, go right ahead and join.
This year my list is pretty short. I resolve to be kinder towards my fellow humans. Don't underestimate the power of kindness. Assume everyone is going through a heroic struggle in their lives and could use a little kindness. It's both easy and tough. How hard can it really be to cut someone a little more slack? Should be easy, but fear makes it hard. Those who are fearless can walk the warrior's path of kindness.
There are worse resolutions.
Have a happy New Year!