I’ve just discovered something interesting. Just because we have started a New Year, it doesn’t mean a lot of us are stampeding to make positive changes or promises in our lives. I find this interesting because every year, I solemnly make myself a promise to lose weight, get more active, write that book, reconnect with old friends and a myriad of uplifting, optimistic stuff that always sounds great and makes an impressive list. After the month of January flies past and that first successful flush of actually doing some of the list passes, the resolutions goes the way of the dodo bird—extinct, or maybe that’s extinguished.
Thinking about this further, making New Year’s resolutions is a bunch of hoo-hah just so others can feel righteous that they have made a list and plan to carry it through the entire year. Hearing about their intentions is supposed to make you guilty enough to produce a list of your own. Guess that also makes it dangerous to your health–think of all that stress in sticking with your resolutions.
This year, I’m not falling into the trap of making any New Year’s Resolutions. After all, what’s the point of making a promise to yourself if you don’t keep it? Mulling this over, I have decided not to make any more resolutions–ever. From now on, if I feel like going to the gym, I will. If I want to indulge in eating chocolates all day, I will. Realistically. I probably won’t–maybe nibble a few to satisfy that chocolate craving. . .and to ease that chocolate guilt, head for the gym, maybe.
It’s been said that a New Year signifies “New Beginnings.” I like to think so–it’s a clean page to start anew; but, what about all the unfinished stuff from the Old Year? Because if you think about the projects left unfinished or incomplete, how important were they to begin with?
I find that projects with deadlines or projects that are important to me are definitely tackled first. Anything else is either filed away for later or “garbage.” It’s easy to file stuff away, but so difficult later to purge those hard-fought words, the witty repartee, the catchy beginnings and/or the clever endings, the numerous bits and pieces of writing meant for future books or short stories. Filed stuff were meant for something but like barely worn clothes in your closet, if it hasn’t been used in two years, toss it. Just close your eyes ands turf it out. I shred my stuff. After all, if I don’t read it, the recycling man can’t either!
January is just beginning. Did you make any resolutions? Once I purge my files to make room for 2015, I’ll be fine.
Hm-mm, some of these bits and pieces look like it may have possibilities—I’ll just start a new file. After all, some stuff you can’t simply close your eyes and toss. . . .
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Nope! I stopped doing that a few years ago. I look at opportunities to grow or personal goals for the next year. Things that I believe I can accomplish, like submitting some of my poetry for publication, or taking an online class. I vowed to take better care of myself- if that means eating chocolate sometimes to reduce stress, then I’m honoring my commitment!
Here’s to not buying into the resolutions in 2015
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Good for you Annette–I’m a bit slower but I’m with you on no more resolutions! I can feel the stress leaving already–Yay! pass the chocolates and damn the consequences! Happy New Year! 🙂
I’ve also stopped making resolutions, Judee. But in December I did try to introduce some healthier habits hoping for a head start to something good. I look forward to a fresh slate, but so far I still sort-of feel like I’m stuck in 2014! Eeek.
Take a deep breath, have a chocolate and dive into the New Year, Rebb–painless and stress-free without any resolutions to slow us down. . .A fresh page with so much potential–you gotta move into 2015, Girl! Am waitin’ for you. . . 🙂
If you’re spending the day eating chocolate, let me know. I’d love to join you!
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Hey, you’re welcome anytime Eva! I’ll take you to all my fave places–Happy 2015 that’s filled with chocolates. . . . J 🙂
Maybe the New Year is really just a big sifter. You put into it all the unfinished projects and resolutions from last year and the important ones sift through. Those are the ones you keep working at. I want in on the chocolate eating day, Judee! Happiest to you!
You got it, Eva—nothing like good friends, great chocolates and oh yes, our fabulous books!
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