For the first time in a number of years, I’m feeling quite feastive. I’m actually looking forward to the holidays and to the New Year. I’m even thinking about what I might set as my New Year’s Resolutions.
That got me thinking: resolutions are usually a list of things you promise yourself you’ll start avoiding or stop doing. Smoking, eating, spending too much, sitting on the couch. They usually involve taking a shame inventory and then making a list of what’s wrong. You get the picture. Instead of focus on what’s broken, I’ve decided to choose three or four things that I want to introduce into my life. New things or revisited things.
I have even set a few rules around it — just so I don’t slip in a negative dressed up in positive sequins.
- Fun is Key: I’m tired of forcing myself to do responsible, boring, or rote things. I’m adding fun things from now on. Life is short and I’m looking to have an interesting, joyful time.
- Revisiting is Fine as Long as It’s a Blast: For instance, I am mulling over adding “playing the piano” to the list. I played for 13 years as a child and stopped because it just felt miserable. I don’t mean I stopped lessons, I mean that I stopped touching the piano. It now just holds photos of my niece (which is a fine occupation, by the way). As long as playing is fun and without stress or expectations, I’m in. If it converts to something else, I’m done. Simple.
- Be Adventuresome: I love to learn but I’m appalled at how often that happens sitting in a chair or at my computer. It’s time to get some experiential learning in. Stat.
I’m really excited to come up with my list. It’s just starting to form — I’ve had a few ideas make application — but no so-called invitations have been sent yet. But, I’ll let you know when the final list is ready. **Smile**