New Year, new goals?
Resolutions, they can be worth celebrating, but more often than not, they shame us and fill us with guilt.
Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, had the following to say about these annual promises to ourselves that we oftentimes make without thinking them through:
It is not a bad thing to make a New Year’s resolution, but you can also continuously set yourself up to fail. Be realistic and forgiving. The best resolution is to accept your limitations and start from there. Resolve not to give up on yourself, and be sure to love yourself, even when you don’t like your behavior.
It is far easier to live with the old regrets and problems than to change. So resolve to practice doing what you have resolved, rather than achieving sainthood tomorrow.
As you write down your resolutions, remember these things:
Be kind; do not set yourself up for failure by creating multiple resolutions that involve too much self-denial.
Keep your goals manageable and realistic. The best resolutions leave one day of the week to enjoy being human and not living by any rules or expectations you have created.
Soulution of the Day
Resolve slowly, so you don’t get dizzy and fall down on the job.
3 thoughts on “New Year, new goals?”
December 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm
These are good things to keep in mind when making resolutions. I’m a one word gal myself. Happy New Year, Irene!
December 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
I recall last year that you asked your followers what would be their word resolution for the coming year (2015). I said “insulate.” What’s your word for 2016? I haven’t thought of one yet. Need to meditate on that for a few, then I’ll let you know my chosen word.
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December 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm
Funny you ask…I have a post pending on my one word. Can’t wait to hear yours, Irene. Happy New Year!