Hello hello. Happy new year! (I’m early by a day if we’re going by the lunar calendar.) I know I’ve been MIA for quite a while now. Sorry about that. I hope you all had a wonderful holidays filled with love, happiness, and much cheer.
In the time that I’ve been away, I enjoyed a nice long hiatus from my computer (the computer needed a lot of TLC from an expert technician and some new parts) and just took a big break. I was busy, but it was busy in a good, productive way different from the kind of day to day productivity that is my regular working life. The only thing that could have made my hiatus even better would have been a vacation to a warm and sunny beach for a week of sun soaking. (Did I tell you that I have come to realize that I actually dislike winter? Yeah, it’s going to be a grim few more years until I can escape this northern exposure.)
Anyway, in the spirit of a fresh new year full of promise and hope, let’s talk new year’s plans, a.k.a. resolutions. This year instead of making a list of resolutions, I came up with a motto/mantra for this year. How is this different and better, you ask? Well, good question.
First off, I came to the realization during my hiatus that I have a bit of a commitment problem. I like to leave all my options wide open instead of pigeon holing myself into one final answer. Now, that might sound all lovely and bohemian, but that mindset can actually backfire on leading a productive and accomplished life. At least that has been the case for me. So, that was the first part of the process of coming up with a motto of the year.
I also realized that New Year’s resolutions are either made sort of half heartedly or with this “should” mindset. What ends up happening with me is that I end up making a list of resolutions that sound good and when I don’t accomplish these lofty goals, I go through a period of hating myself for not being good enough to follow through. Know what I’m talking about?
I decided instead of feeling bad about not accomplishing resolutions, I’d go with a motto and mantra to apply to my life this year. I went with “commitment.” (I know, it’s obvious, but just in case you weren’t following my logic here, I had to say it.) I like it because it helps me work on a lot of different parts of my life and when I manage to live by that motto even in a small way, I feel accomplished and good. I feel like I’m making progress. After all, isn’t that the point of resolutions? To improve ourselves and our lives?
When I’m not doing such a great job at applying my motto, I can use it as a mantra to remind myself to think about how I can apply commitment to whatever I am facing. The concept of commitment can work in a lot of different places and for a lot of different things. For example, I can choose to be committed to doing one thing at a time, which is something I’ve wanted to work on. (Doing one thing at a time helps me feel less fragmented, less stressed, and more grounded.)
Using “commitment” as a motto and mantra allows me to work on a lot of different areas of my life without it being a big bulky list of resolutions that I’ll never accomplish. A motto seems like the answer to failed resolutions and bad feelings.
What do you think? What will be your motto for 2012?