Every year for as long as I can remember I have sworn not to make resolution. In fact I often joke that the only resolution I plan to make is to NOT make any resolutions. Then I break that resolution because I can't help myself. The beginning of the new year is just such a perfectly tantalizing time to think about changes. What to keep doing? What to stop doing? What to keep, what to lose, what to try, what to quite. It's just such a perfect time to RESOLVE!
So here it is, the second day of the new year and I am thinking about resolving. Mostly this year it is about relationships and activities. Last year, especially the latter part, was a time of lessons and learning. I learned that travel is indeed broadening and not to be dissuaded from doing it alone. Alone travel can be especially broadening and lead to productive times of reflection and renewal.
Relationships are something I am working on. Maintaining a relationship our of obligation or guilt just isn't healthy. Letting go can be the best thing for everyone involved. Not easy, but ultimately the right thing to do. Also obligation and guilt figure into activities you really would rather not do any more. Letting go usually opens you up for new experiences. And, hey, if you stop doing something and no one picks it up, perhaps it wasn't really needed or wanted any more.
So here's to resolutions, those insidious things that just seem to sneak in when you try very hard to quit smoking, lose weight or change jobs. Really, they are just facing reality and taking action. And they don't have to be made at the beginning of the new year. Anytime the epiphany strikes that a change would be beneficial is the right time to make the change. As a famous advice columnist once said, "Wake up and smell the coffee." I say take a sip and your eyes may just open to the amazing possibilities ahead.