Resolutions… or not?

Tina and I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions. We prefer to look at the New Year as a time of reflection, hope, and to anticipate what is to come in the New Year.

Ok, that is not entirely honest. I usually have one resolution: to eat more chocolate. There is a reason for this. It is fun and easy and it is not critical of myself.

When we analyze New Year’s Resolutions, we tend to focus on the negative. It has us looking at our faults. It has us focusing on ‘would haves, should haves and could haves’. It adds to our guilt burden. The problem with this is that life happens when we are busy making other plans and then our resolutions fall to the way side.

What is the problem with that? There is a lot of karma involved in keeping a promise. We are only as good as our word. Typically, we would not break a promise to a friend or family member, or even your boss or co-worker. So, why then, it is ok to break a promise to yourself? (Sometimes breaking a promise is inevitable and understandable, like when you have to stay home due to a sick child.)

Instead of resolutions, what if we focus our intentions on this New Year to be full of hope and gratitude? When we do that, those things that we may not be happy with about ourselves may begin to shift and change in a more natural and kind way.

What if we say, “I am going to work on enjoying this coming year and learn as much I can.” Even the difficult times offer us karmic lessons, opportunities and spiritual growth. This means we do not break a promise to ourselves. It gives us an opportunity to love ourselves a bit more and to see the good in ourselves. This will enhance our overall goodness and happiness.  Karmically when we do this,  we begin to glow inside and begin to set ourselves up for better health: mentally physically, emotionally and spiritually.

#102 Start the New Year Out with Hope

Happy New Year to you!


Laura and Tina

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