OK. Let’s admit it. Yes, it is a new year. But nothing has actually changed. We still (for the most part) have the same obligations, schedules, plans, and responsibilities that we had on December 31st. Is anything truly different today than it was on December 31st? Probably not.
That being said.
I am always an advocate for taking a step back and looking at the big picture. Are you doing what you want to be doing with your life? To give voice to the John Mayer song playing in the back of my mind- Am I living it right?
When January 1st comes round, we pin a fresh calendar up upon the wall. The holidays are over. Our lives have settled down into a long winter’s nap. Though we are still doing the things that we do, the crescendo has passed. So I would argue that now is a GREAT time to re-evaluate the way you are going about living your life.
I have a love/hate relationship with the thought of resolutions as well. It seems so often like we as a society set ourselves up to fail with our resolutions. They are so targeted, so quantitative… go to the gym every day… lose 20 pounds… read a book a week… eat only paleo/vegan/grass fed free range chicken… Oftentimes, resolutions tend to add more to our plates, instead of carving things away. They increase our sense of burden instead of freeing us to live more intentionally.
The last thing I need in life right now is one more thing to do. I just can’t commit to committing to anything else. So my resolutions this year are more big picture. Theoretical. Related to the way I approach my life instead of the specific things I am going to do or not do.
I hope you will indulge me as I engage with them in the next few blog posts…