Every year I make a few New Year Resolutions. Three or Four are always carry overs from the prior year’s resolutions. Since I rarely make a serious attempt at keeping them, sometimes barely start them, I had to examine why I bother to make resolutions at all. Is this setting myself up for failure? Am I playing some kind of sick joke on myself? OK, dare I say it, am I a masochist?
No, no, no. I hate not living up to my own expectations. I really mean to give it the old New York try!!! I do want to succeed at these promises to myself.
I am going to lose some weight! I am going to do some exercise every day! I am going to get healthy! These three seem to be the universal resolutions. Nine out of ten people make these vows every New Year’s Eve. While they are important I doubt they would change my life all that much. Still I’m going to try to keep them for however long I remember I have these resolutions.
Just the same, it appears I needed to think about things that I should resolve to do which will make me a complete, happier, and fulfilled person.
Naturally, to write regularly on my blog, and perhaps make time each week for creating fiction (my first love), would qualify as a push forward toward the goal of personal fulfillment. Keeping up with friends new and old, (I’ve been neglecting this) will surely make me happier. I have missed them more than I realized. Sometimes Life just gets in the way of a Good Life. And last, but not least, I want to learn. There is too much in life that I don’t know about. I have a real interest in just about everything, and I don’t want to be taught, I want to experience. What better way is there to learn than to get out there and experience things? Completion through experience.
There is so much more to life than my resolutions might indicate, but those things, Love, Empathy, Compassion, Generosity for others, are a part of day-to-day life. These things we should just do without a conscious thought. They are what keep us centered.
Ok, now I have written down all my resolutions and this year I am going to keep them. By January 1, 2013, I will be a skinny, healthy, tread mill walking writer. I’ll do this while talking with my friends on the phone. We can make a date and time to meet in person. Perhaps while chatting I’ll read them an encyclopedia. In this way I can also squeeze in my learning, thereby keeping with all my resolutions.
Hope you all do as well with yours.