I have stopped by the little pool at Glen Ferris as I often do. I only have a few minutes to catch a moment of peace. As I watched the water cascade down the rocks and collect in the little pool my mind begins to focus on the New Year and the tradition of making a resolution. You could almost draw a resolution out of a hat and it would mean as much. You see, most of the New Year’s resolutions are really just wishes.
I want be healthier.
I want to be more organized.
I want to learn something.
I want… fill in the blank. There’s plenty to choose from.
We do this as if New Year’s Day is some magical time that empowers you to achieve a goal guaranteed or you get a refund. But when you buy something with wishes then your refund is getting your wish back. I have come to the conclusion that a lot of these resolutions wishes are given to us by the expectations of others. Or more accurately, what we think other people expect from us. And if it’s not really something that we want for ourselves then we don’t really do the legwork. Or if we do then it’s only half hearted and it is never a priority.
After giving some of these things a little more thought I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution this year be not waiting for the New Year to start working on the things that I want to change and to decide for myself what things I want to change in the first place.
Regardless of what the goals eventually turn out to be it should be something that is truly our goals so that we’ll be naturally motivated to make them happen. Anything else is just wishful thinking.
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