“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” ~ Walt Whitman
My friend’s husband posted these words from Walt Whitman yesterday and I cannot imagine a more fitting way to ring in the new year. Originally I planned to use this post to explore the concept of those pesky resolutions….but after discovering the blog I’d written about the same category last year, revisiting those failed endeavors would only make me gloomy, and that’s simply no way to enjoy the first day of my fresh start.
Never again will I make a new year’s resolution. Quite frankly, I don’t think you should either. It’s time to throw the traditional numerical list format [at least that was how I always created mine] out the window. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself and make positive changes, but don’t hold yourself to such stringent standards. Extrapolate the general message from a specific thought. Instead of “I will use the elliptical for 45 minutes three times a week” try something along the lines of “I will be more physically active.” You get the idea.
With that being said I’m still considering my ‘resolutions.’ I’ll keep you posted. How’s the first day of everyone’s 2012 thus far?
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,