It’s that time again – the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Promises we make to ourselves with the hope that we will somehow improve our lives, ourselves, our worlds. Personally, I’ve always hated the concept that a new calender year should somehow morph us into people who we aren’t.
So, instead of resolutions, I’ve come up with a list of shall nots that I will not be doing this year:
- I shall not go on a diet or resolve to remake my body in any way designed to raise my self esteem or self worth, rather I will celebrate who I am and how I look, cellulite and all.
- I shall not quit any bad habits but rather dispose of the guilt I suffer from partaking in them.
- I shall not be more positive, happier, kinder or nicer but rather will continue to be myself – speak and express my real and genuine feelings, opinions and ideas.
- I shall not force myself to complete incomplete projects but rather savor whatever time I can spend on them and the creativity they excite.
- I shall not plan or prepare for the futher whether emotionally or financially, but rather I will live in the present building my future one moment at a time.
- I shall not get organized, catagorized or sanitized, but rather I will embrace my stacks of magazines, toppling tower of books, endless scraps of paper with notes & ideas and name the dust bunnies who live under my bed.
- I shall not eat right, cut out fat, sugar, carbs or any other foodstuff that caresses my tastebuds but rather I will enjoy my food more, savoring every morsel and thank God for my bounty.
- I shall not take stock of my life and determine all of the many things that require change and improvement but rather will accept myself for the unique and infinitely flawed human being that I am.
- I shall not get a better job with more money and benefits but rather find work that satisfies and rewards me and does not ask for my soul if I do not want to give it.
- I shall not endeavor to make a difference because I know that I already do, as do all of us, simply by being who we are.
- I shall not seek to find someone special, go on blind dates or be party to any other ploy designed to find me a mate but rather find the specialness in everyone I meet.
- But most of all, I shall not regret any mistakes, missteps or failures but rather treasure the lessons that they teach me.
That’s my list, what’s yours?
Have a happy new year, celebrate, be safe, be happy.