Getting Back to the New

January 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Like most people, my new year celebration consists of making ambitious resolutions that are promptly forgotten upon the return to the office and the routine.  This is the year I’ll get fit you mistakenly tell yourself.

As a means to embrace such ephemeral motivation and turn it into something tangible, I look backward instead of forward.  In recent years I’ve entered the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and humor that somehow seems to stick.  Rather than thinking about all the goals I’ve yet to accomplish or tasks undone, I try to spend some time thinking about how I arrived at this point in my life and singling out the bits I’m thankful for.  I do my best to remember what I’ve done well, who I’ve influenced in a positive way, and how fortunate I am to have what I have.  I prefer to measure my success by the foundation I’m standing on, not the house that may or may not be.

In addition, I like to approach a new year by taking on a simple exercise: thinking about my favorite things.  Sitting outside with a cold drink on a hot afternoon.  Finding something new near your house that you never knew about before.  Being surprised by the extraordinary beauty of an everyday sunset.

If nothing else, this blog is a medium for me to perform this exercise.  It is a venue for me to focus my thoughts on what makes me happy.  If I have to pick one resolution for 2009, it’s to never forget to spend the time doing so.

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