Now that Christmas is behind us, the next big holiday is New Year’s Day. With that usually comes the list of New Year’s resolutions. If, at the beginning of each year, New Year’s resolutions had a smell, it would smell like hope and resolve.
We begin looking over the past year and deciding where we went wrong. Here are some of the resolutions we may have tried to keep this year:
- Join a gym. (Nope.)
- Make amends with those who offended us. (Nope.)
- Read at least one of the classics. (Nope.)
- Help out at a food kitchen. (Nope.)
- Clean out the basement. (Nope.)
- Start a diet. (Nope.)
- Grow our hair long, then cut it off to donate to Locks of Love. (Nope.)
- Take piano lessons. (Nope.)
- Find a better job. (Nope.)
- Make friends with the neighbor across the street with the yappy dog; hoping that friendship will somehow make the neighbor realize that the dang dog from being so yappy. (Nope.)
If you flunked out on any or all of these, be of good cheer. Most of us don’t make our resolutions stick because we hoped rather than planned.
If, at the end of each year, New Year’s resolutions had a smell, it would smell like shame and regret.
As 2016 winds down to its end, I have decided to make my own resolutions easy; that is, be a better me than I was last year. This includes pretty simple things, such as:
- Initiate kindness – it doesn’t have to be a big deal, either. Just a smile or holding a door for someone will do.
- Listen to those mental hints and nudges; they happen for a reason.
- Start each day by doing something useful, such as making the bed right away.
- *Each morning, look into the mirror and say, “**Hiya, good-looking!”
- Do something productive each day; it doesn’t have to be a big thing, just something.
- Whistle more; it’s a cheery kind of thing.
- Treat yourself to a really good cup of coffee (or tea, etc.) now and then; take the time to really enjoy it.
- Call your mom and/or dad, or a dear relative or friend at least once a week.
- Take up an easy hobby that makes you happy.
- Say your thanks often.
By the end of 2017, let’s check in with ourselves and see how we did. I’m in—how about you?
*Over time, you will be amazed at the long-standing good feeling you get from doing this.
**or “gorgeous,” or “beautiful,” or “handsome,” or el Fabuloso;” your choice.