I’ve always been better at making New Year’s resolutions than actually keeping New Year’s resolutions.
Take last year for example. I was super excited at the idea of reading 12 books throughout the course of the year, but after barreling through my first two books, I lost steam. Life started getting in the way. Somewhere around the month of March, I just chucked the whole idea.
Or, what about when I resolved to stop obsessing over having a clean house? It’s almost like resolving to do so had the opposite effect. I somehow became even more OCD about mopping the kitchen and living room floors three times a day.
Oh, and then there was also that whole I’m going to spend more time playing with my children plan. Sure, we played more games of UNO than I can count over the school holidays, but I didn’t consistently and voluntarily carve out time to play with them throughout the year . So, there’s really no way we can count that one as a win either!
Looking back over the years, I’m faced with the grim reality that, more often than not, I either abandoned or just plain failed at
many most of my resolutions. Sitting down and writing out a long list of New Year’s resolutions may be a good idea for some, but my rather embarrassing track record proves it’s absolutely not the right strategy for me.
With that being said, I couldn’t just slide right into 2017 without having formulated a new goal, something to strive for, a master plan for self-improvement and progress. So, instead of a list of resolutions, I decided to pick a word of the year for 2017. This one word will help guide my decisions and actions for the year. I guess you could say that it’ll be like the proverbial true north as I navigate this trip around the sun.
For the sake of sounding poetic, I feel I should make some vague allusion to the hours of soul-searching that went into choosing my word for the year of 2017. But alas, the word came to me to me with such rapidity and such clarity that I knew my search was over almost before it had even begun.
So, without further a do…