The New Year has begun – Welcome 2021! I think at this point we’re all just hoping that hindsight really IS 2020… Don’t let the door hit you on the way out… Or maybe do?
If you’re feeling at all like me, then you’re likely pretty exhausted, and hoping for less of a roller coaster in this new year. 2020 was not all bad, of course. But it darn sure wasn’t easy. In all of the ups and downs, one thing remained true – that in each of the transitions, each moment, there was the opportunity to focus our choices to create something new and beautiful. I’m trying to keep the mindset that this year, 2021, gives us 365 new opportunities to choose joy. To find silver linings, take pleasure in the small things, cherish our humanity, and be genuinely good people.
There are those that love to make New Year’s Resolutions to this end, and then there are those that dislike them. A lot. Making resolutions can be a way to seize opportunity, take control of things that seem out of control, and set concrete goals. Orrr… They can be way too much pressure. Their bad rap for always failing can really be a put off – no one needs that kind of demotivation. They can lead us down a path of self-criticism, and have us worrying even more about our future. On which side do you fall? Resolutions or no?
Personally, I’m not really a “resolutions” kind of person… So, that’s a “no” on the resolutions for me. But I took some time to look around for other ideas, and I am planning on focusing on some intentions this year. Instead of focusing on the actions that I want to change, or on concrete goals, I want to focus more on the intentions behind my actions. After a tough year, it’s important to me this year, to take my mental and emotional health into consideration when making choices. I want to live well and fully each day, which means being present and making sure I don’t find myself in an “empty cup” situation. So I’m setting that as my intention.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, some daily intentions that inspired me are:
Just for today, I will not worry.
May my words touch someone’s heart today.
Today, let me recognize an opportunity to help a friend or neighbor in need.
Today I am grateful.
I will be my best today.
Today I will forgive myself when I make mistakes.
If intentions aren’t your style either, some other options instead of resolutions include: creating a theme, picking a motto, defining a personal mission, taking note of who you are right now – that you can reflect back on in a year’s time, performing random acts of kindness when inspiration strikes, starting a gratitude journal, or even just choosing to live your best life each and every day.