Revelations about My New Year Resolutions

Let’s face it… this is the time of year that we all start making up lists of the things that we are or are not going to do for the coming year. A list of resolutions that we coulda, woulda and shoulda been doing for the past 12 months, but needed the fresh clean start of a shiny New Year to get the motivation to begin.

In the past most of the resolutions I made were doomed for failure. But this year is going to be different. This year I am actually going to make resolutions that I can keep.

Resolutions that are fated for failure are ones that are typically super specific… I WILL run 4 miles every day; I WILL loose those extra 10 pounds by the first day of summer; I WILL eat only 1600 calories a day; I WILL have lunch with different friends at least once a month; or I WILL save $50 every week.

This year I decided to make my New Year’s resolution ones that are qualitative in nature, and not quantitative. Resolutions that let me enjoy the journey of becoming a healthier and happier person – both physically and mentally. My rule: No menial counting allowed with my resolutions this year.

I figured that by recognizing and then repeating all the little things along the course of the day that make me a better person –  a person that is in good health and more content – all the super-specific aspirations will inevitably and naturally fall right behind.

When I rejoice at a beautiful spring day, I’ll walk a little bit longer to enjoy the day even more; When someone in the office makes a gluten-free birthday cake for a co-worker I’ll join the festivities and enjoy a small slice… calories and all; and when a friend calls me, even on my craziest of days, and asks to go out that night to “catch up” I’ll join her and enjoy every moment.

So this year instead of counting calories, miles, or how much I have saved in the bank, I’ll be counting my blessings and all the little things that make every day of the year as shiny and bright… and promising… as the day before.

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5 Responses to “Revelations about My New Year Resolutions”

  1. joanne Says:

    loved this post. what an inspiring idea! duh, count blessings, not failures! why didn’t i think of that! have a great new year!!

  2. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Thanks Joanne! Have a great New Year too!

    Be Free!

  3. Faith Pavkovich Says:

    hmmm…. what we should have all learned in kindergarten. Take time to play outside (recess), enjoy snack time and be a good friend. Oh yeah and take a nap… sleep good and wake happy. Happy New Year!

  4. Sue Says:

    Hi..Loved the post too..You’ve found the secret to a happy life..Let’s get together you

  5. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Sue… XO too!

    Be Free!

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