New “Day’s” Resolution

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.  I find that I usually don’t do too well with them.  I go good for maybe a couple of months and then gradually fall into my old habits again.  Not that I really have any bad habits that need breaking, but there’s always room for improvement right?

I think what the problem is is that I’m not much for setting goals in general.  Now, before you judge me and label me lazy and aimless, let me try to explain…

First of all, my real “New Year” is on my birthday.  That’s the date on the calender I consider that a new year of life begins for me, and that is when I think about where I am and where I’m going; what changes I’d like to make in my life,  call them”goals” if you will, but I don’t really look at it that way.

People are all different and at different places in their journey, so it stands to reason that there are many different strategies that one can use for self-improvement.  For some, I suppose making New Year’s resolutions may be just the thing they need to spur them onto greater things, onto a better way of living and being.  But for me… I need a deeper meaning than just a date on the calender to motivate me and to help bring about real change in the areas of my life that need it.  Otherwise it just feels inauthentic.

Don’t get me wrong… a new calender year is a perfect time for reflection, for looking back, looking forward, and so on.  I am quite often aware of various dates on the calender throughout the year that hold special significance and cause me to contemplate things in my life, and New Year’s is no exception.

But I have found that I’ve been changing over the past few years in the way I think about things.  Maybe it’s because the rug of my entire world got pulled right out from under me in one big swoop, but I tend to now look at each new day as a new beginning, and I set out each day with “resolutions” of sorts.  Going too much further into the future just seems impractical to me.  We are not guaranteed a tomorrow; let alone a next week, next month, or next year.  All we truly have is today, right now, this moment.  We can make our plans, our “goals,” and some of them might succeed, but in the end we don’t really have any control over the outcomes.  We like to think we’re the masters of our own little mini universe of our lives, but the control we think we have is all just an illusion.

But I do have this moment, this day, right now, and I can make a “New Day’s Resolution” to live it in the best way I can.  And aside from all of the stuff in my life that I should consider changing (fill in the blank), as I simply purpose in my heart to live each new day with joy, with love and with gratitude, I truly believe all of those other things will fall in line.  Eventually.

I absolutely love this quote, it pretty much sums it up where I’m at right now…

“Waking up this morning, I smile:

Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me.

I vow to live each moment fully

and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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This is not all to say that I won’t still be waking up on New Year’s morning trying to start the new year out on a good foot.   😉

Peace & much Love to you all in the coming new year…

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31 responses to “New “Day’s” Resolution

  1. This is a remarkable piece. I never really thought about the Birthday actually being New Year’s. I don’t know why that is. Now that you wrote that it makes perfect sense. Also, based on the photo credit, I assume that you took that photograph. (hate the word took) Visually and mechanically captured that photograph? lol. I have to say it is one of the more stunning winter pics I have seen. Really good. Hope your Christmas was stellar, and the “New Year” brings peace and joy in abundance.

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    • Thanks so much, John! Haha, yes I “mechanically captured” that photo, and thank you! Much to my delight, I’ve been discovering all sorts of lovely frost formations on my windows this winter. I only have a humble little basic point and shoot type of camera, so I’m always happy when they turn out so nicely. 🙂 I had a very nice Christmas, thanks so much, hope you did too, and I wish you the very same in the new year!

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      • Always nice when Mother Nature aids in our artistic endeavors, but it also takes an attentive eye not to miss the opportunities. You have a keen eye apparently. Keep up the good work.

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      • That it is, and the beauty of nature never disappoints! It’s always exciting when I happen to come across one of those opportunities and I’m so thankful to be able capture it with my lens to share with others. 😀 Thanks so much, I really appreciate that.

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      • Any time. Keep Inspiring

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  2. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but the birthday bit is interesting. I would view that more as a new year as well. Clever.
    Great piece, Jewels!

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  3. I like that quote now, too.

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    • It really epitomizes to me what our “goal” should be every day ~ to live it to the fullest, with gratitude, and to treat others with love and compassion. I’ve been reading the book “Peace is Every Breath” by Thich Nhat Hanh, it’s very good and I would highly recommend it. Thanks for the comment Richard, and thank you also for sharing your wonderful poetic expressions with all of us here. 😀

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  4. Amazing pic! and I like the idea of a birthday on the first of the new year. everything is new and fresh that day anyway (in my opinion) so why not so why not make it one’s birthday?!
    best,
    maureen

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  5. Great post!!! My birthday is on December 29. I think I will skip this one, and maybe change my calendar a bit. How about having 24 months in a year instead of 12. Maybe we would age half as fast. My new years resolution is to comment on more posts instead of just leaving a “Like”. Have a great 2014 and a Happy Birthday!

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    • Thanks so much, and happy birthday tomorrow! Haha that would be some trick to change the calender to 24 months and age half as fast, I wouldn’t mind that one bit! 😉 Best to you in 2014!

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  6. Love the photo.. as for the New Year resolutions.. I don’t bother as I would not keep up with anything unless I feel the need to.. and that I can do at anytime of the year… Like the idea of the birthday new year , but do agree that today is when we live and if tomorrow comes it is just one more to live, with no guarantees for a tomorrow, so live for today is my motto…

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  7. And Happy New Day/Week/Year to you, too!!!

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  8. What a lovely post and I totally agree with you. Make the most of each day that is given to you and be happy. All the best for the New Year.

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  9. Happy New Year Julie! I like your way of thinking of the real New Year as your birthday. That’s a good point, I’ve never thought of it that way.
    Have a great 2014!

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  10. I love the new day’s resolution! Happy New Year! May each day bring a smile to you. 🙂

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  11. Well said! A great quote too. I have been out of the loop so long, when I clicked your avatar, I noticed you have an Etsy Store and Deviant art page. You’ve been busy!
    Thanks for such an inspirational post. Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

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    • Thanks! Yes… you have been out of the loop, and I’ve missed you, I was glad to see your post! 😀 Yeah, I’ve had my deviantART page for about the same amount of time as my blog, but I didn’t have it linked to my gravatar. I opened my Etsy shop a while back as well, but only recently listed anything on it for sale. Wishing you a wonderful 2014 too, and so happy to see you back in the blogosphere! ♥

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  12. Forgot to tell you I changed my name when I closed my bead blog. thebeadden

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  13. Had a tough start to my New Year, so found your words very inspiring.. thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Sorry to hear that, I hope things improve soon. ✿ I’m so glad you found my words inspiring. And thank you for letting me know that they did. We often put things out there, sharing our thoughts, never knowing if they made any difference to anyone, so I appreciate that. Sending hugs and extra well wishes to you today, and hopes for a bright tomorrow. As cliche as that may sound ~ I really mean it.x 😀

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