Some folks make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not one of those people. My closets are organized enough. I watch very little TV. I’ve never smoked, don’t gamble, and my annual alcohol consumption consists of about half a beer every summer—I open a bottle, take a few sips, forget about it until it gets warm, and then pour the remainder out on the grass. I almost never drink soda and my coffee, when I have a cup, is decaffeinated.
It’s not that I don’t have vices, but I’m not joining a gym and I have no intention of unfriending carrot cake. I’ve no desire to become a vegan or even a vegetarian. And if spending beyond what’s reasonable on books is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. So January 1st won’t find me giving up anything.
For the past handful of years, a bunch of people I know have chosen to forego New Year’s resolutions in favor of choosing a word, theme, or motto for themselves for the year ahead. I like the idea and think I’ll join in this year. The idea is to pick something that’ll help remind us of what we hope to develop in ourselves and our lives. A little mantra of sorts that we keep at the forefront as we go about the business of living. When we’re tempted to make choices we know won’t lead us where we want to go, we bring to mind our personal motto and put ourselves back on the right path. Big things happen in little steps and our daily decisions, especially those that are habitual, make or break us.
Sharing your word/theme/motto/mantra is optional. I’m not opposed to the idea of divulging mine, but I haven’t settled on it just yet. Some friends have posted theirs. If you’re looking for ideas, here are some of what they’ve offered: I am the change. Choose happiness. Peace is possible. Healthy, happy, holy. Feeding my creative spirit. Putting myself on the list. Living faith. Honesty always. Be gentle. Stay present. I’m worth it. The time is now.
Those are terrific, but none feel just right for me at this time. I’m almost there, though. What about you? What would you like to develop in the year ahead? Whatever your wish for yourself, I hope you make it come true. May you have peace, love, health, and happiness, and may 2017 prove to be your best year yet.
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