The Well

New Year, New Day

by Andrew Shaw on Jan.07, 2011, under Recent Posts

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.  ~Henry Moore

Eat better.  Exercise more.  Get up earlier so I don’t feel so rushed in the morning.  Meditate consistently.  Let go of worrying over the small stuff.  Be patient.  Spend more time with friends.  Find a better balance.  And so on, and so on.  How many times, at the beginning of a new year, have I uttered these same statements? 

I really dislike the idea of making “resolutions” because of the pressure and expectation that creates.  And really, if I want to live a better life, that takes resolution throughout the whole year, not just at the start.  I guess that’s why, even as I roll my eyes at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, I still take time to think about what I’d like to recommit to.  I like the idea of returning to a better path to wellness; of returning to the things I know will bring me fuller health and happiness. 

Rather than setting up massive plans and goals for the entire year, and then feeling disappointed and frustrated with ourselves for falling short, we can look upon New Year’s more as a symbol, representing each new day we have to get it right.  Every day offers us a fresh opportunity to be our highest self, to lead the life we desire, and to set into motion the kinds of actions and behaviors that will bring us, and others, greater health, joy, peace and well-being.

  •   Let the new year be a reminder of new beginnings; a fresh start bringing the opportunity to do those things that are good for your mind, body, heart and soul.
  •   Remember to think in terms of each new day’s resolution, not the year’s.
  •   Start each day with a few moments of reflection about the way you want to be today, the way you want to live your life today, and how you can be your best self today.  And then, with this powerful purpose, go out into the world and do your best to live it.

Happy New Day.  Be Well.


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