The Resolution Solution
Happy New Year, everyone! Woohoo! Made it through another year, looking forward to some good things happening this year!
For so many years, I decided to give up on doing a New Year’s resolution because, as we all know, most of them are never kept. It used to appear to me that only strong, rich, empowered, "go-getter" type people ever kept the resolutions they made. Where in the world did I ever get that idea??!!
Well, I have decided to make a commitment/promise/dedication to myself for this year and I am choosing to do it the best way I know how – one day at a time. It’s still weird to hear that come out of my mouth after learning in 1986 that all we can do is live one day at a time.
My younger years persuaded me live outside of the moment. All the happenings in my life caused me to make a different choice, to look forward to the future, to live in an idealistic fantasy of what could be, rather than what was.
Because of that thought process, it has been one of the hardest realizations for me to master – to live one single day at a time, to revel in the moment, to see the beauty in anything I choose to find beauty expressing itself. So many days of my life were so extremely hard to find beauty or even just something to be positive about. The greatest gift I have accepted in my life is the fact that we may not be able to easily change our circumstance, but we can most definitely change our perspective and thoughts about it. That is where we find the positive aspect, the beauty in the life we live. The mind is so very powerful, it only takes but a thought to change our very existence!
My choice today is to make the commitment to myself to write something every single day. I have never been one who had a great deal of self-discipline. I am so adamant to make a more positive life for myself that I am doggedly determined to become focused enough and strong enough mentally and emotionally to write something each day, even if I have "writer’s block." I will sit in this chair ‘til my brain falls out if I have to, just to get an idea of something to write! I would like to be as determined to write as I have become to work out everyday. I have finally accomplished that choice almost every single day since I came back to California in September. Two years ago, you couldn’t pay me to work out everyday and now I get flustered if I don’t!!
It’s amazing how the mind can cause something negative to become a positive thing if we just slant our perspective a little! I had said once that I want to write more than anything but my actions weren’t congruent with my words. Well, guess what? I finally, finally have enough self-respect, self-love and self-esteem to be disciplined, focused and tenacious enough to do what it takes to achieve what I was meant to do and that is (as my HubPages profile states) to make a difference in people’s lives. I would like to make a difference in my own life, for heaven’s sake! I am doing that, slowly but surely, I am doing that. Friends, believe me, it is never, ever too late to start becoming who you were meant to be, to make a difference in your own life. I know this because I am living it!
My wish for this 2011 New Year for all of us would be:
To live one day at a time, to see any simple, tiny bit of good in our life even when most of it is overwhelmingly dark.
To know that "this, too, shall pass" – that nothing ever stays the same for eternity, that our darkest days are only temporary because on this earth, nobody can live 100% of their entire life without having rays of sunshine streaming through on occasion.
To know that we are never alone. That there is someone, somewhere who loves us and cares about us and would do anything to help us, if it was within their power to do so. Even if that someone is God Himself, (or whatever name you choose to give your Higher Power.) There is no better place to be than in the arms of God. If you can choose to visualize that in your mind and your heart, you can definitely feel it in your soul!
To believe that we are all valuable, precious, worthy to be loved and that we are loved, deeper and higher and wider and farther than we could ever, ever wish for in our wildest dreams.
To know that I am one who believes in the innate greatness of every single being on this planet and that I also believe each one of us has a purpose and a reason for existing. I would be the person that would believe in the "impossible" because in my perspective, absolutely nothing is impossible.
Happy New Year to every single person out there! Believe and hope and dream and wish and take the steps you need to take in order for all that to come true! It will, it will, just wait and see! God bless us every one...