Here we go. A shiny new year, one in which the Mayans have predicted either our demise or our transformation, depending on whom you listen to. I tend to think it’s just another year, with all the good and bad that mankind has to offer. Of course, my father once predicted that the new band emerging out of Liverpool in the 1960s would fade into obscurity, and we all know how that turned out. So I shrug my shoulders and admit that I don’t know anything…and neither does anyone else.
This time of year, the debate about resolutions re-emerges. Some people do them faithfully each year, while others never do them. I don’t have a problem with resolutions. Why not take stock on our lives for the coming year? For several years, rather than having a list of resolutions, I chose an overall focus for the year, and that worked pretty well.
I have a few. I confess to the trite resolution to lose weight, a resolution that hasn’t stuck too well in the past. Why should it be different this time? Well, I have some new strategies, some of which I’ll share here on the blog for anyone who may be interested. I’ve actually lost a few pounds during the holidays! Since I’m over 50 AND have a thyroid problem, I’m pleased that I can still find a way to succeed.
This year I also intend to finish the revisions to Blood and Loam — my editor has waited patiently for me to get back to her. For those of you who have read this blog, you know that I’ve been wrestling with this book for years. As it inches closer to completion, I now understand why it took so long, and I think I will be prouder of this book than anything I’ve done before. I’ve been reading The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield, who reminds me that the stronger my resistance to a project, the more I need it for my soul’s growth. He’s on the money in this case! I will share more of my thoughts on this book in another post, because it deserves more time. Suffice to say, though, that I will use his book to help me with ALL my resolutions going forward.
Other than that, I don’t want to pressure myself with a long list of changes. We’re moving from Texas to Washington State sometime in the next few months, and that’s a huge change in itself. I guess if I were to add one more resolution, it would be to use the many tools I have to maintain peace of mind during this new and exciting transition.
As we move into this shiny new year, I wish all of you health, happiness, peace, prosperity, and much love. In this age of constant media bombardment and competition for our time and energy, I am grateful to those of you who choose to visit here. Namaste!
What about you? Do you have resolutions? Why or why not? If you do, what are they?