Last year, almost to the day (Dec 30th post – “A New Year’s Resolution“), I posted about new year resolutions and why I never make them. But I got to thinking today that there are a few things I’d like to work towards in 2011. Thinking of Alice In Wonderland and unbirthdays made me realize that I could make un-resolutions as something to work towards — no pressure or obligations, just general goals. So here goes.
My Top Five New Year’s Un-Resolutions:
5. Be healthy. And I don’t just mean to lose those last 10 pounds. This year, I want to run a 10km road race, go from intermediate to advanced yoga poses, and work towards making more meals completely from scratch (I’m at about 70% scratch right now).
4. Learn to be still. This one will be a challenge for me. I’ve realized lately that I have a really hard time just being and not doing. For example, I struggle to just sit and watch a program on television. I have to be writing, cooking, baking, cross-stitching, making a to-do list, organizing a drawer, etc. at the same time. Why? Because I feel like I can’t or shouldn’t just be. I think that learning to be still is a talent and an art. Like being Zen, or living in the moment. I intend to work towards this one, this year.
3. Exercise my brain. Today’s media does very little to stimulate my creative thoughts. Media stories are superficial (famous people’s escapades) and repetitive (same old political posturing). I’m looking for things that pique my interest; articles about new and true leaders, art, philosophical ideas, and worldly discoveries. A new source of inspiration to me – The Walrus (magazine). I plan to subscribe, to read, and to learn.
2. Cultivate my garden. And I don’t just mean the roses in my backyard. I think people are a lot like gardens; we need sunshine to smile, food to grow, and we need to ‘weed’ the bad out of our lives so that our roots aren’t choked out and we can continue to reach upwards. This year, I want to cultivate my life, while trying to smile more, feed my body and soul, and ‘weed’ the bad out in order to give myself the room I want to grow.
1. Practice Stoicism. I say ‘practice’ because I think it is going to take a good deal of practice to learn this one. In a nutshell, stoicism is the ability to avoid destructive emotions (anger, impatience, envy, etc). This year, I want to be more patient, more forgiving (both towards myself and others), more tolerant, and grateful for who I am, where I am, and what I have. I also want to be less concerned with what others think of me and more in-tune with how I behave, as a direct indication of my morals and values.
So there they are – my un-resolutions for 2011. Happy New Year!