Friday, January 6, 2012

Finding my Personal New Year

Here I am again, like I've been so many days before. January. Filled with lots of positive determination to make the New Year everything that it can be. Ready to make lists and check things off. Ready to balance the budget, lose weight, get fit, tackle clutter, be effective and efficient, be balanced at home and work, create, write, publish, and give thanks. Ready to GO!

Reading that paragraph again, I am exhausted. My own enthusiasm tires me out. I know I need to be careful, reflective. I think about how hard it is to kill old unhealthy habits, and how easy it is to make goals blithely that I don't have any REAL intention of meeting.

In the immortal words of Mr. Bryant, "People Do What They Really Want To Do," and that includes me.

So what do I Really Want To Do in 2012?

Well, I know I Don't Want To Be Exhausted all year. And I also know that I DO like to have a solid framework along with goals to stretch towards.

Over the last three years I identified a single word to frame my focus for the year. In 2011 it was Creativity. That lasted about 6 months, as we know. In 2010 it was Clarity. In 2009 it was Serenity. I am filled with words as I try to sort through What I Really Want To Do in 2012.

I thought I had my resolutions all figured out, that I was in good shape because there were "only five." Looking at them though, I wonder if I am being honest with myself. There is no doubt that this is a good list and that doing all these things would enhance my life. The real question is - do I have the energy and commitment, really?
  1. Budget
  2. Health
  3. Publish
  4. Learn a Second Language
  5. Create

Or should my list look like this:
  1. Family
  2. Sufficient Rest
  3. Diet
  4. Positive Attitude
Again, a good list, yes?  More realistic?  Probably.  But it also sounds basic, too "everyday."  I want to push myself.  I want to have a personally inspired reason to REACH.  I want to strive to be better, to make more of a contribution, to be inspiring.

So there it is.  All that thinking, and here is My New Year.

In 2012, I will Be Inspiring.

This is a pretty challenging reach, but I am up for it.


Tabor said...

Where does it say you have to be realistic in your New Year's resolutions? If you don't follow them, no one is going to kill you...are they?

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for your blog and came up with the last post you did illustrated with the hygrangia flower. Glad you left another message today so I could find you. As for inspiration, your blogs inspire me. I hope you get to do one or more of the things you aspire to. Dianne

thewildhare said...

I am so lucky that there is not punishment for not following resolutions - otherwise I would have been gone long ago!

I want to be realistic so I will try, even on the middlest slowest tiredest day of the year, to keep working towards them, to keep reaching.

thewildhare said...

Dianne, so glad you found me again! And so glad I found you again! :):)

Mage said...

I like that. You inspire me by writing and thinking. For me, if I made resolutions, it would be health. All those other things are encompassed under that one word. :)


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