I do not like to use the term "resolution" because it seems as though I am setting myself up for failure, so I decided to create a list of things I would like to achieve. Here are some that were top of mind:
- Play more piano
- Pay more attention to my instincts
- Be the best person I can be in all areas of my life: disciple, citizen, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend, employee (not necessarily in that order), even if it means not always getting my own way
- Surround myself with people who embrace new experiences and from whom I can learn new things
- Completely unsubscribe to "the grass is always greener" theory
- Consume less, use less (energy, for instance)
- Eat more miso!
- Walk in the rain
- Spend more time outside
- Go skydiving
- Engage in more random acts of kindness
- Speak the truth
- Volunteer as a family
- Love unconditionally, even when it hurts
- Worry less about things that are out of my control
I firmly believe that there is a time and place for everything, that there is a reason for all that happens. For instance, twice in the span of as many months last fall, I came out on the other side of a friendship that went terribly awry--to either form or strengthen a bond with someone linked to the situation. My initial reaction was, "Whoa, how ironic," but the more I thought about it, the stronger I felt that, perhaps, despite the breakdown of the initial friendship, the result was as it was meant to be. We make our choices but the universe rights itself when we send it spinning by choosing incorrectly. Huh. Who knew?
Sudden inspiration rocks.