I wrote this blog post for New Year’s 2009 (you know, during the economic recession). As I pondered leaving behind 2020 (thank, God!) and looking through the dark hours of the pandemic, I realized my 2009 meanderings are just as applicable entering 2021 as entering 2009.
But before you dip into reading this post, I just had to share this funny tidbit as we say, “Good riddance to 2020.”
So, now that you’ve collected yourself from a jolly laugh, here’s my New Year’s resolving for 2021. Care to join me in these resolutions…?
New Year’s “I Resolve”
As I considered my New Year’s resolutions, I realized they looked very different if I thought of them not as “resolutions” but rather in terms of “I resolve.” The word “resolve” has such a solid, resolute sound to it, while a resolution reminds me of having an airy-fairy, flight of fancy regarding what this year should look like. So…
- I resolve to exercise four times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes. (Hmmm, I wonder if licking my fingers after snacking could be included in those 30 minutes.)
- I resolve to look at the world more as my dog, Murphy, does. No, not that I plan to sniff my way along the path of life, but rather that he notes even minute changes when he lopes into a room. He lives life large yet observes the small differences and enjoys exploring whatsoever is new. May I do so as well.
- I resolve to live slower. The momentum of life seems to pick up every year. I want to control my time rather than have “emergencies” rule my world.
- I resolve not to live in fear. Between the decrying of the economic situation and the fragility of life, it’s easy to run on the adrenaline of fear. I choose not to let that be the sum of my 2009.
The Beauty in Life
For 2021, I would add not to lose sight of how a life stripped of so many normal pleasures–being with extended family, going to the grocery store and feeling carefree in doing so, eating in a restaurant with friends, traveling whenever and wherever I pleased–leaves many simple pleasures to treasure. There’s much beauty in life even now; I don’t want to miss noticing it.
I don’t know that “happy new year” is a fitting greeting to 2021 so I’m going with “let’s count our blessings!”