Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Years Resolutions?

I don't believe in New Years Resolutions and I consider them a waste of time and energy,  plus they are for a great majority of individuals, self deception. They say they want to change or do what they don't want, or doesn't have the will.

I am sure the optimists will disagree with me and I am happy for their disagreement; I also have no doubt that there exists organize and self discipline persons that stick to their resolutions.

I have a question for you. Why wait for the New Year to change or do something to really want to do or change?

2012 was a very hard year for me, all the bad things that could happen, happened (my father died, my boyfriend left me for a woman 22 years younger, some co workers where making my life miserable, etc). When I reached my lowest point, I remembered reading years back the book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and since I had no other option at the moment, applied what the book teach and preach. Live the NOW.

I took one day at a time. Even the worse ones, I was happy to make it to the end of the day.  At the end of each day I started to realize that the day was actually good and was my anxiety to change things over and move on that was creating an imaginary bad day. I started to count my blessings one day at a time. In no time I was over my Ex and I accepted the departure of my father. Paid no attention to my working environment and things started to get better.

Living the now liberated me. I had a fantastic 2013! Could've been better? Yes, Bad things happened? Of course. But I enjoyed every single day and lived to the fullest. I started a new job 3 months ago and can't be happier.

Please don't wait for tomorrow  or the New Years to make the changes you want to make. You can start one day at a time and that day is NOW.

If you haven't done it, and you've been sticking to that resolution for years, you might not be ready or maybe you don't really want to. You might have been trying to please the expectations of others.  Don't make it harder for you later, when you realize that your resolutions lasted only for a few days and you start making Lame Excuses.

No more New Years resolutions for me, they are daily resolutions.

I am leaving you know with my all time favorite, the Great Mark Twain on New Years resolutions.

**Territorial Enterprise, January 1, 1863



Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. To-day, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient short comings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.

[reprinted in The Works of Mark Twain; Early Tales & Sketches, Vol. 1 1851-1864, (Univ. of California Press, 1979), p. 180.]


Please contact me if you find any grammatical errors, I apologize but English is not my native language.

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