Monday, January 5, 2009

Today, I begin!

Today, I begin!

Some people are adverse to New Year's resolutions. I, on the other hand, LOVE them. These yearly reminders to myself that change is possible make me feel hopeful and energized, like cleaning out a closet. 

In fact, the process of selecting projects and objectives for a new year is remarkably like cleaning out a closet for me. For instance, what is taking up space in my life without bringing me ample enjoyment? How would I rather use that space? What would look better on me (and to me)? Thinking about these things lifts my spirits. I am empowered and energized by all the possibilities...and I know that turning them into realities is within my grasp because I've done it before.

Do I always keep my various resolutions? No. Far from it. And yet the final days of any given December always manage to find some improvements in me that had their genesis in goals envisioned the prior January. In other words, changes are made. Small? Perhaps. Incremental? Undoubtedly. Satisfying? Absolutely!

So here goes, 2009!

1. I will improve my health.

2. I will increase my spirituality.

3. I will de-clutter my home.

4. I will strengthen my existing relationships.

5. I will open my heart and form new relationships.

Furthermore, I will not let fear, frenzy, folly, frustration, fatigue, fixation, or foot-dragging stop me from accomplishing these. Not even my fondness for alliteration will stop me! Failure, frankly, will not be a factor. (Okay, okay...I'm finally finished.)  heehee

Wish me luck, because I am gonna clear a few closets (literally AND figuratively) this year!


PS. Essential to enjoying this process is the ability to applaud yourself at the end of the year about those things you have achieved rather than beat yourself up over those things you will need to continue working on...

What I'm saying is:  BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF!


Lisa Loo said...

Love the alliteration!!!! You crack me up! And way to go on finding a nice balalnce in the goal setting process. I have stopped doing it because it always looks like failure to me--I shall try to open my mind a little more.

Our family chaos said...

I think your list for 2009 is awesome. I will have to add some of those to my list for 2009:) Hope you had a wonderful Holiday

Natalie said...

I love this post! Your alliteration makes me very happy. Really, it just puts a smile on my face! :)

Heather Anderson said...

Good luck with the closets... I have seen how full they are. As for the other goals they are good ones and I am sure you'll do just fine... I find mine to always be the same 3 loose weight, spend less, yell less at the kids... If I ever get it right maybe I'll add to the list.

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