As the last days of 2010 speed by, some of us are plotting new courses for a new year, and this means – naturally – making those awful, and often fruitless, resolutions.
Most people concentrate on the concrete. Resolving to lose weight, which more often ends up with the health club having a fatter wallet and no significant body improvements for them save a skinnier bank account. Diet improvement or renouncing counter-productive habits are biggies, as is the ever popular “getting organized”.
Make-overs are big because of the broad applications. Nearly anything can be “made over” and “improved”.
A smaller portion of the population tackles the interior with goals intended to improve, cultivate or jettison relationships.
Typically, I don’t make resolutions anymore. I have goals but my success is not measured by how quickly they are achieved. Rather I look at how they incorporate into my life and I would say that my goals are in a constant state of refinement as I pursue them in a non-manic way.
One thing I have noticed about myself as I head into my fourth year living in Canada, is that I am more and more myself.
In my old life back in Iowa, there were obligations and responsibilities that obliged me to stifle who I am more often than was good for me (though it probably benefited a small group of others). I don’t employ many of the checks by which life was precariously balanced. Nor do I masque myself.
Oh, I can still be inscrutable, but more often, what you see is who I am.
This year, I resolve to continue being more and more myself.
Perhaps you might too. It would certainly be easier and more inexpensive than a lot of other superficial options.
In case I don’t see you again before the new year, have a joyous and peaceful one, dear reader.
You were not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them, and fly.
- New Year’s Resolutions (socyberty.com)
- New Year Resolution-how to go about? (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- Top New Year’s Resolutions in 2011: Lose Debt and Lose Weight (blisstree.com)