Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland
I don’t remember the exact year I decided a New Year’s resolution was a waste of time but it’s been years. Instead, on New Year’s Eve or Day I take some time to reflect on where I have been, where my actions didn’t live up to my values and look forward to being a better person this coming year. There are no rules to this, nothing written down, or promises made. Just a simple conscious effort to be more the person I want to be remembered for when all is said and done.
Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities. ~Michael Josephson
A new practice has taken hold, at least online, as New Year’s day approaches. This is the practice of choosing one word as a theme. My one word would at first seem to be in conflict with what I believe in, but if I were to choose one word for 2014 it would be “More”. More smiling at strangers. More impromptu conversations with those I pass on the street. More time with those I love and respect. More time spent in nature and my garden.
These things are simple, yet they bring me happiness and knowledge that I may have made a difference in just one other person’s day. “More” is also perfectly inline with my values of wanting to see a stronger and more connected community around me.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~John Burroughs
Life is challenging enough, we don’t need to borrow more trouble, or stress, and bring it into our private lives. This year I’ve watched my oldest son lose his job and learn surviving without an income is harder today that it was 20 years ago. He’s not the only one, many people around the world are struggling to make ends meet. Others have been diagnosed with serious medical problems or some other “big” problem. Forget the little things, who cares if your hair or clothes are perfect and get out there and enjoy what you have that you are grateful for.
If I have one wish for you, and every person around the world, it would be finding your own small amount of peace and happiness this year.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman