Resolutions by nature are self focused.
I have to admit that I've never been one to set resolutions. It just isn't how I'm programmed. Perhaps it is that ever lingering pessimistic self that always battles to take down the wall of optimism I guard myself with. If I can't set and obtain certain goals the other 364 days of the year, then I better not try to set them every January 1st.
I propose that our ever disconnected society changes self focused resolutions to others focused resolutions.
It doesn't mean that we need to build a well in Africa. It can be simple acts of kindness that we make daily and a more conscious decision to contribute to the well-being of others throughout each day.
For me, it starts at home. I know what I can do at home to improve the lives of my husband and children.
I lack it and theses guys need it.
Therefore, I will do what is necessary to bite my tongue, take deep breaths, and walk away when I'd otherwise raise my voice and make demands.
The truth can be ugly, but it is nevertheless the truth. What's the point, though, of me writing such a post without you knowing that I struggle, too. And even though I can calmly and patiently teach 20 something 1st graders all day, that there are days when I come home and give the worst part of myself to my own kids.
I've given some thought to my list for the year and it seems easy in theory, but I know it will be challenging in reality: patience, reach out to others who are hurting via the phone (gasp!), and making our care and share bags all year long.
I may not loose my muffin top and master vegan cooking, but I going to give this new approach a go.
What about you? Want to join me?
Happy New Year, Friends!