In the beginning, all things are hopeful. We prepare ourselves to start anew. Though we may be intent on the magnificent journey ahead, all things are contained in this first moment: our optimism, our faith, our resolution, our innocence.
I have never been one to make resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. Why put pressure on oneself to potentially fail, especially at the beginning of a new year? I try to set small positive goals instead. Even though I am now 50 years old, I keep sticking with baby steps, hopefully going forward, but knowing I will take a few steps back as well.
One thing I have found over the years is that I tend to be hard on myself, as I am sure many of you are as well. I think it is a woman thing...don't you? I bet you have just as hard of a time sitting in front of the tv without some sort of knitting in your hands, while perhaps your SO is comfortably stretched out on the sofa watching the ball game. Our mothers programed us well, didn't they....or did they?
There are many days that I think to myself ....geez grrl, you are not getting many things finished, but yet today when I finally got around to putting all of my finished items for the year in a photo album, I realized that I actually did get a lot done, especially given my workload.
So........even though I don't make resolutions, this year I am going to make a small, positive one. I am going to try to stop being so hard on myself. To stop pushing beyond what is reasonable and to take a break to enjoy the quiet moments that come along the way when I can.
How about you? What are your resolutions?