January 1, 2011 No Comments


 365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 214


Quote of the Day

“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.” – Eric Zorn
I hope you have all recovered from the festive season.  I predictably gained my six pounds over the holidays and renewed my addiction to sugar.  This week I will be withdrawing from sugar and caffeine at the same time so my family is preparing for the worst.

I have been trying to set “A” New Year’s Resolution but found there were just too many changes I need to make so I have a list to choose from.  A long list.  Some I do not feel comfortable sharing but the usual things like eat better, exercise more, meditate more, be more patient, volunteer more, see my friends more, spend less, recycle more, get organized, take better care of myself, get outside more, spend more quality time with the children and my husband, see my family more, write my book ….. The list goes on and on and on.  These are things I think about on a daily basis and most of them I do not do with any consistency.  Why is that?  Why do most of us sit back and watch our life go by like it is an out of control freight train preparing ourselves for the inevitable crash?  We talk about doing the things we really want to do but we end up doing a fraction of them (if any) on a daily basis and at the end of the year you realize you haven’t progressed as much as you promised yourself you would last New Year’s Day.

When I look back at 2010 I recognize that I had a good year even though I am dissatisfied with the progress I made in my personal growth and health.  We started the year in February with a three week cruise from Barcelona to Cairo.  I finally saw the Pyramids, something I have wanted to do since I was a kid!  I met and worked with some great people on a project that I am working on.  I started my 365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey, I published a few articles, I got to play in the World Series of Poker events, I travelled to Australia for almost 6 weeks and spent time with old and new friends there and I finished the year with a cozy Christmas with my loving husband and wonderful children. 

I think we expect too much of ourselves and as a result we are overwhelmed with the task and stay stuck.  It is those baby steps that we take every day that will ultimately make the difference in our lives.  Start with one or two small changes and consciously add more every few weeks.  The key is to live every day being aware that every action, reaction or non action will have impact on your quality and satisfaction of life.  At the same time we have to cut ourselves some slack.  We live in a world where we think if we have a need or thought it should be fulfilled.  Now.  We need to change those expectations.

So I have decided that my main New Year’s Resolution will be to make every day count in a meaningful way.  I will do things to feed my soul this year and maybe the things left on my To Do List at the end of 2011 just won’t matter so much.


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