Thursday, January 24, 2013
Did you make a New Years resolution (or 2) for 2013?
40% of us do every year.
How is your New Years resolution going?
It's OK, I won't tell anybody.
Lots of people don't make it through the first week of January. Many more abandon their resolutions by the second week. A handful of people stick their resolution out through the whole month of January. By February, less that half of the people who vowed that "this is the year that I....." will be true to their resolution.
You can probably guess that the top New Year Resolutions are losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking/drinking, saving money, giving to others and spending time with family. These are all such good things to strive for, why do we give up?
Life is busy. We are busy. Things keep getting in the way. It's hard to make time. The kids have to be at practice and they have a ton of homework . Dinner needs to be cooked. I've got a deadline at work. yadayadayada...
I've made and broken more resolutions than I can even remember. Being overweight for so many years, THIS was the year I would get the weight off. I was lucky to make it out of the first week of January! Why? Resolutions are too often tied to desires. My desire to lose weight. Desires can wane, change, mature.
I quit making resolutions and started making goals. Goals can be defined, you can map a course to them, you can alter your course as life changes and moves forward. Goals can be measured, they are more tactile, real, right in front of you instead of like a resolution that can easily get pushed out of the way and forgotten.
"Oh well, maybe next year"
When I finally made losing weight a goal, I did it. Every year I make it my goal. It's not something I can ever stop striving for. It is a life goal. To be fit and healthy. It's not easy, but it is possible.
All of the above resolutions can be goals. Think of them in that way. Healthy living, well being, loving, caring and sharing. Or make a creative goal, learn something new, create, start a website/blog for your art, join your local art guild.
And when you are feeling over-whelmed, like you can't get everything done, that you don't have enough time...
...and sit and watch a sunrise or sunset. Just watch it and marvel at it. Breathe it in, feel it. Something about watching that common everyday event just makes time slow down for a while. Know that you are sitting under the same sky that I and everyone else in the world are sitting under, that we are all connected. It just makes everything better. And...
Take a do-over if you want to. Try a different one. Start over, keep going, it doesn't matter. Just keep moving forward and...
The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown
p.s. for the picture of the pears, I used an action and 2 textures, if you're interested in the recipe, I've got it over on my personal blog.
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