It is always nice to wish a New Year in, and although we all know we have the chance to change everyday, sometimes having a new building block can help us to focus on what needs to be done and ways to improve our lives, be it personal or business.
I don’t tend to make New Years Resolutions because one can almost feel that point of defeat before even starting. However, I thought it a good practice to have something on which to meditate and reflect. So here were my four points to ‘listen to’ and reassess.
During 2013 I will:
1) Try my very best to succeed in accomplishing the things I could not manage in 2012 with the understanding that changing the approach is more important than giving up.
2) Continue to reach out to my world in the hope that I can make you smile, spend time with you that leaves you feeling a sense of caring and honesty.
3) Unconditionally accept you for what you strive to be, whilst ever more hoping to strengthen my own vulnerabilities that lurk, and cause me not to trust or act – therefore creating an even better ‘me’ who can and will stride carefully and thoughtfully to help myself, and others.
4) Love, Live, and enjoy ‘Life’…
I also have been spending time today to think about ‘2013’. Well, for starters, there’s that lucky number ’13’.
Over the last couple of years I have maybe struggled a little in my personal life to organise and prioritise the little things that keep a house going – I can do it later, often being my chosen venue of thought. Then ‘later’ comes and there’s always ‘tomorrow’. Sometimes kick-starting a day can take ages when in this frame of mind, and so, I’ve set myself a wee agenda.
Finally, I am getting good at making lists – once upon a time even shopping would be random. Still is, to a certain degree – I love that sense of ‘surprise’! But, that’s not so good on a day when the shops are closed and you discover, yes, you forgot ‘something’.
My lists are different, because again, in order to kick-start myself, I like to ‘play’. I’ve mentioned play before on my Fine Print Page on Facebook. I believe it to be important, no matter what age you are, to find a sense of fun in life and if that means adding a twist to the mundane? Why not? So, I add points – I don’t actually do anything with my points at the end of the day, but it is interesting and rewarding in a strange wee way.
My lists are not essential to life – they are not competitive or do or die things, but they do help me feel a sense of achievement.
So – 2013 is my year of ’13’.
The aim will be to put 13 items on my list daily.
One will be a randomish act of ‘thoughtfulness’. I use this word rather than kindness because well, it’s good to bear others in both thought and in acts that help out. It is rewarding to oneself. Does that make it selfish? Quite possibly. All I know is, it gives me a warm feeling inside, that itself, relaxes the person you greet as me, as in, I am more approachable and less ‘defensive’. So yes, stopping and thinking about others in my world and looking at ways I can contribute will be a good meditation.
Again, because it is ’13’, for fun, I thought, why not set one item that takes me out of my comfort zone? Believe me there are many of those, and I have to admit, unnecessarily so. So that accounts for two.
The other ten will include five items that cause me to do something physical – ie moving away from my desk! I like to live my leisurely life here as well, as my interest in the net and computers/art, knowledge can all be found in this remarkable little piece of technology. So, some stretching is essential!
I aim to make my items – do able, start able. They are not always concise and I’m not looking to move mountains. But I do believe, I can start to create a good pathway in my life that can allow me to stay random and quirky, but also move closer to my goals and spread a little happiness.
Happy New Year everyone! May your lives be filled with adventure.