Monday, December 31, 2012
This is my first blog but I've been a SparkPeople member for a while. I've learn a lot but this seems to be the most relevant today.
People look at new years like its a time for a fresh start and to make significant changes in their lives. Some sit down and make a list, join a gym and many of us see in the new year with some form of celebration. And then January rolls by and the euphoria of a fresh start begins to fade. The list got lost in the masses on the fridge door or amongst the Christmas debris in your hand bag. The gym is too busy or the winter weather means its just not worth the effort. Every year millions of us repeat those same excuses and commit to the same cycle and to the same grand finale...... Oh well I'll try again next year, resolutions are meant to be broken.
So what if we can break that cycle? What if there is a simple answer? It came to me when my friend Janet said she hated new year. I got to thinking how can you hate a day? After all its glory it is just another day. Its starts at midnight like all the others and finishes at midnight like all the others and it has twenty fours hours in it.......like all other days. there 7 of them in a week and 365 1/4 of them every year. You get the picture.
Now that we have identified its physical entity why is it that so many of us only want to make these resolutions on this 1 day? Its no different from any other so why cant we make these decisions on any random day? The realisation is WE CAN.
We can decide to make a change in our lives if we choose, we can spend time with our friends and family, we can celebrate, we can do that 1 little thing that's different, we can start a new activity or exercise more. We can do anything we choose.
The most important thing is we can do it any day and everyday! We don't need to wait 365 1/4 days to make these commitments. We don't need big ben to chime 12 to instigate resolutions. And if we don't need these things to happen then we don't need to give up on ourselves. We don't need to get 1/4 of the way into the year and cross off everything we haven't done because everyday we can say yes I've done that or today I'm gunna do... today I will celebrate.
So if you make one resolution make it this: Everyday is a New Years Day!