2017 Has Arrived! Resolutions, Anyone?
I usually don’t make resolutions each year. I have found from previous attempts that when I set a resolution I end up starting off strong; however, as the days (hours?) pass enthusiasm fades. Momentum is lost. Guilt usually sets in shortly after, and eventually I give up entirely. Based on conversations I’ve had with others, I’m guessing it works that way for many of you out there as well. Should you be one of those who is able to set, implement and follow through with your resolutions I shout out a huge “Kudos!” to you…and I do mean it sincerely! I’m amazed when others have the self discipline to do so. That is not one of my fortes. It took me decades to finally accept that this is not how I operate. I now utilize other strategies.
Several years ago I met someone who sets intentions on New Year’s Eve for the upcoming year. So instead of a resolution she chooses more of a theme for the year to come. Brilliant! I readily [and unapologetically] adopted her idea. I love having something that helps me through my journey of this thing called Life.
Last year I chose ‘Trust’ as my theme. Trust is something I have struggled with for most of my life. So in 2016 I worked on trusting both others as well as myself. I sought to let go of things I had no control over, in the process trusting that it will all be okay. I focused on my Circle of Influence, trusting that I really can make a difference, that my voice matters and should be heard. A year is not a long time to undo a lifetime of mistrust, but I made great strides last year.
For 2017 I am centered around giving back. While I do give back on a regular basis – and have over the years – there is so much more I can do. Yes, I will do so financially. But I also plan to be more involved on a personal level. I intend to volunteer at some local places that could use the extra help. I will also use this blog when possible to give back. It’s not something I earn any money off of [at least not at the moment], but if I can figure out some ways to use Cleansed Palate to give back to my community then I will do so. I welcome any suggestions any of my readers might have.
How About YOU?
Do you set resolutions? Perhaps you have other customs for the beginning of the new year. I’d love to hear what you do to get the new year off to a fresh start. Feel free to share any New Year’s traditions, resolutions and/or intentions in the comments below…