Yes, it is a new year -- Day One of the year 2012!
Last year, I posted about New Year's Resolutions. This year I'm posting about New Year's Voluntary Self-Initiated Choices. Takes up a little more gray matter and blog-space, but this description makes it a little more difficult to shirk on these goals!
This New Year's Eve at my godson's family's house, one of his brothers announced a new resolution for himself -- to be "less annoying." I love this young man as if he were my own son, but he, and I, both know that he broke this resolution (OK, not yet . . . not yet . . . not yet . . .) already. Certainly not his fault, of course. That's because these lame, weak, half-assed pseudo-oaths are designed to fail -- they're just words used to describe an action that the "resolver" knows that he or she has absolutely no intention of performing.
So rather than make another annual inside joke of "there's no way I'm ever gonna do that," let's promise ourselves things that we actually can, and will, accomplish. Suggestions:
(1) Be true and honest to yourself.
(2) Be willing to say "no."
(3) Take authority and responsibility for your own life and choices.
(4) Sever ties with those who cannot or will not accept you for who you are.
(5) Stop respecting those who don't respect you.
(6) Seek relationships that benefit you, and don't leave you empty and exhausted.
(7) Increase your self-respect and decrease your self-effacement; reduce your self-criticism, and eliminate your self-loathing.
(8) Admit your mistakes, make good on them, learn from them, and then stop the self-flagellation that arises from every screw-up.
(9) Find the hidden advantage and loophole in every negative -- they do exist, just find them!
(10) If you're not happy with your circumstances, look for and find ways to change them.
Also, repeat to yourself daily a mantra like the one below:
I EXIST. I MATTER. I BELONG. I DESERVE.
Happy New Year, my readers. Make good choices for 2012!