It's that time of the year again... a time of reflection on who we are, where we've been, and what the past year has brought us. It's a time for reassessment and the making of resolutions regarding changes we'd like to see transpire in our lives.
Change... that's a word I've often struggled with. I want to be me! I am relatively content with who I am. I don't want to have to change into someone or something else to please myself or anyone else. Yet certainly there are ways that I would like to be different... sort of a new and improved version of me in the coming year. Bearing that in mind, there are a few areas I want to spend more energy focusing on, I guess you could call them resolutions of a sort... I want to be more healthy, I want to be a kinder person, I want to experience a greater sense of happiness in my daily life.
It is so easy to fall into a rut and go thru our days on "remote control" without a lot of intent. Wanting something is a lot like wishing for it to happen, and I know that just wanting it won't make it so... I also want to find a million dollars and retire, and that isn't likely to happen either! So let me rephrase those resolutions as statements of intent... I intend to work at being more healthy, I intend to be a kinder person, I intend to experience a greater sense of happiness in my daily life. Do you see the difference... the emphasis is a focus on intent, I am going to do something to effect those changes, rather than waiting for them to materialize all on their own! I am going to do something different! What I have been doing all along isn't getting me to where I want to be regarding those aspects of my life!
Now, getting back to that word "change", I like to look at it a little differently. I believe that I am basically a good person, and good enough just the way I am. Rather than wanting to change things about me, I envision myself as the snake who periodically sheds his old skin, finding it too confining for his growing body. He emerges from the struggle of shedding off that old cloak all shiny bright and new, and more beautiful than ever before! I am going to work on shedding some of the old me that no longer fits, so that the new parts that have been growing and expanding can emerge shining and bright!
This time around, when you think about making resolutions for the new year, resolve to shed that old, battered and scarred skin of conditioning and past experience, and slip into the new year fresh and ready to be the beautiful self you truly are!
Linking up with Brenda at Pondering With A Purpose
where this week's prompt is "resolutions"