Reflecting on Resolutions
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open. ~ Rose Lane
Does anyone ever successfully look back after the year is over and not in some way go.. “shoot, what happened to my resolution?” Well, I often times look back at the goals that I set for myself and realize that I either let up a little on them or didn’t do everything I could to fulfill my full obligations or dreams. It’s not to say that I’m disappointed in the year or that I shouldn’t be proud of the accomplishments I have had, don’t get me wrong, I love my life and all of the blessings within it. It’s just to say that for me, I will always strive for the best in life for myself and the ones I love. When all is said and done, I always see ways that I could have done better, done more of, or tried harder at. That’s the price of being a perfectionist I guess. The art of it is being able to appreciate the great things and use the things that I could have done better to turn those into positives as well.
We tend to focus on changing the unhealthy behaviors in our lives that hold us back without ever really looking past the ‘effect’ and instead focus on the ’cause’. I think if we stop trying to fix our problems by focusing on them and spend more time focusing on what makes us happy, then our unhealthy behaviors would begin to dissipate as a result of a more positive outlook.
The best New Year’s resolution we can make is to become aware of why we participate in unhealthy behaviors rather than trying to diminish the behavior itself. More often than not we try to give up bad habits by focusing on the habit itself, which is a difficult way of trying to break a habit simply because our focus is on the negative from the beginning.
It’s all about old habits of thought and therefore being. Being happy can be as simple as a choice to be. If every day we woke up and imagined the happy day before us, before too long it becomes our habit of being. We begin to expect to have a happy day and nine times out of ten, things show up that lead to more happiness. Persistence is all that is needed.
Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. ~Author Unknown
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
That brings me to my resolution. Let’s shoot for something that we can all be proud of. Something that will reflect on everything that we do and everyone we love and touch throughout the year. “Being happy and appreciating all of our blessings!” There are plenty of things we face throughout the year that some people let get to them. Everything from a bad beat at the table to someone that simply upsets us in our daily lives. With all of the things that I encounter throughout the year, I’m sure I could find plenty that could bother me, but what I’ve learned is that inner strength is more powerful then outer influence.
With that said, my new years resolution is to be emotionally, physically and mentally healthy. I feel that these three aspects are the most important things I can strive for within my life. I’ve prepared a little list and plan on adding to it each and every week either on my fb, twitter, blog, or on my own personal list of happiness! These are the moments, the people, and the times that have touched my life, lifted me up and given me all the inner strength I’ve needed. I would encourage anyone that lives a crazy life like mine to do the same.
• I am happy to be still alive.
• I am happy for having my cats Jace and Tesni around.
• I am happy to have a few trustworthy friends that I appreciate deeply for all the things they have done from the goodness of their hearts.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
A special thank you to a few kind hearted souls that have gone the extra mile to bring enlightenment, happiness, and truly inspirational friendship into my life in 2013. You know who you are.
To all of you out there, I wish you all the happiness, blessings and fortune in life that I have as well. Whether you’ve seen it or whether you’re still looking for it, your life is filled with amazing moments, incredible kindness, and people that are there for you. Embrace It! ♥
Happy New Year and Best Of Luck in 2014. Cheers!
I have a feeling that it’s going to be a great one!