We often derive our New Year’s resolutions from the things we beat ourselves up about.
We resolve to make our lives different, our bodies thinner, our incomes higher, etc. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, except that we may forget to celebrate our brilliance, just as we are right now.
So before you launch into a list of “should haves … wish I would haves” and your resolutions for 2012, take stock of who you’ve become in the last year. If you’re like me, it can be trickier to come up with positive things than things I’d like to change.
This New Year’s resolution season I hope to spend as much energy recognizing the growth I’ve experienced, challenges I’ve come through and moments of sadness I’ve weathered in the past year as I do in scouting out my intentions for the year to come. Maybe you too?
Could be you start with the small things, they do matter, after all.
I made my niece giggle. I told the truth, even when it was hard to do. I planted a garden.
So today, celebrate. Celebrate even the difficulty, not in a saccharine, fakey “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” way, but instead take a few breaths to feel your self in your body. Honor who you are today, without jumping to judgments and hasty resolutions to be better. You are just where you need to be, right now.
Save your resolutions for another day. Maybe those intentions will change after you truly pause to recognize what you may’ve glossed over in our zeal to jump out of the present moment.