Monday, December 29, 2008
InnerBliss: New Year's Dissolutions
Listening to: This singer songwriter was trained in the Suzuki method so his instrumentation is awesome; he has an easy voice; and he whistles like a freaking bird (appropriately so)!
Bliss: We've been getting some sun and blue sky. Not a ton but it's better than none. I have felt that my stores of vitamin D were getting a bit...depleted. And I'm still enjoying the Christmas tree lights, how about you?
Every year at this time, I start thinking about the idea of New Year's Resolutions. (Drum roll.) And every year, I decide -- "decide" meaning "decide by not choosing" -- every year, I decide to not make a list.
Then I feel a little guilty. Who knows why, but I do -- as if making a list of goals were some biological imperative that I was purposefully ignoring.
I find most people's ideas of New Year's Resolutions to be along the lines of their Lenten promises -- a bit juvenile. You know the sort I'm talking about. Those people who have not moved past the "give up chocolate" for Lent and "exercise more" for New Year's.
At the library, at the beginning of the year, the health and nutrition books fly off the shelves as do the language CD's, so I know from direct experience that a large part of the population sees the resolution thing as a way to push themselves toward that ever desirable and ever elusive perfection.
And by February most of those books and CD's are back on the shelves, so I know most people have, of course, given up, been defeated.
I think this happens, because like with most things, we often are taking an easy route. We do not dig deeply; we go for the surface stuff.
This year, I have opted for the word of the year. It took me some time to think of this word and now I will contemplate its meaning in my life for at least the next twelve months. I will use it as a mantra; I will use it in my journaling; I will ask myself if what I am doing matches the idea behind the word; I will surround myself with images to reinforce those ideas.
Essentially, the word will become a part of me.
Beyond that, though, I have been contemplating the idea (as usual) of simplification and how to challenge myself to refine my life even further through a New Year's Dissolution.
I want to dissolve the excess. Dissolve whatever gets in they way of my true callings.
So that I don't influence other's thinking on this too much, I'm going to wait until tomorrow's post to write any details of my New Year's Dissolutions.
Until then, how about you? What would you like to get ride of, let go of, dissolve?