Once upon a time, I did New Year's resolutions like most other people. And like most people, I'd broken them before January came to an end. So, I started to purposefully pick resolutions I knew I could keep. One year, I decided I would do a shot of tequila. I like margaritas, and had never done a shot. So, with Mr. Burhenn's help (he taught me how to do it one handed--hold the shotglass, lemon wedge between pointer finger and thumb, salt on the knuckle of your thumb. Yep, one fluid motion.) I wrapped that up before January was over. Yep, I was a winner!
Still, those easy resolutions didn't seem to really improve me. I mean, yeah, I can handle a shot (although I'd rather sip a wine or beer, personally), but I don't know that it makes me a better person.
So, a few years back, I decided rather than any kind of resolution, I'd try for a word. One word to build my year around.
I've found this really works for me. I've used words like Optimism, Moment, Awareness, Change...
The last few days I've been deciding on what word I want for 2013.
Drum roll please...
I'm going with STOP.
I'm going to use the word as a reminder to myself to stop and find the glee every day. To stop and take a breath. To stop and look for those moments of wonder.
There's always so much going on here. I try and balance my family's needs and my writing. I try to be there for people who need me. As a pseudo-science geek, I can't help but think that an object in motion tends to stay in motion...unless some outside force acts on it. Well, I want to be my outside force. I want to stop the motion and simply appreciate...well, everything!
I hope you find your own resolution or word of the year. And I wish you a very Happy New Year!!