When I was a child, I thought the term was “New Year’s Revolutions”. That makes me laugh. After all, why resolve to make a change if it isn’t revolutionary in some way, even if it is only a small change in your life!
Last year, I wrote a lengthy list, something I labeled “Dream List 2011”. After I completed that list, I then wrote very specific, measurable goals for each of my dreams.
For example, one of my dreams was to be healthier. The corresponding goals were to lose 30 lbs by 5/31 and to get more sleep. I did both, though I can see that I should have been more specific on what “get more sleep” meant.
I won’t bore you with all of my specifics, but here was my “dream” list for 2011:
* Exercise Mind.
* Be Grateful daily.
* Honor the sacred.
* Listen more, talk less.
* Don’t worry — surrender control.
I think that I accomplished all of these to some degree, but I could not have predicted where I would be at the end of 2011, or that it would look and feel so different from the end of 2010. But, that was part of the fun: who wants life to turn out perfectly, in some sort of pre-determined, scripted way? Not me!
This year, I’m taking a similar approach. Although I will make some specific goals later — maybe on a monthly or quarterly basis to keep on track — for now I’m okay with this “big picture” list:
– Write — finish that novel!
– Read — something other than blogs/internet
– Shoot — take at least 1 photograph daily.
– Walk — this is part of a training program; more on this later
– Take note: find something beautiful, wonderful, awesome, out of the ordinary or just makes you smile, each day.
– Be Grateful. Every.Day.
– Be Kind. Every.Day.
– Assess progress, make clear goals to accomplish your objectives.
– Clean up /file photographs.
– Do one mitzvah for someone each week.
– Make a gratitude list.
– Review goals.
Some of you have probably read the following quote from Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel on this blog before.
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!”
Make haste to be kind. This is my motto for 2012: my mantra, my objective, my New Years’ Resolution, my guidepost, and my waymark.
On a more practical level, I finished moving my desk to my new study which I’ve been painting for over a month. It is an old, wide desk, with lots of room for books, pens, electronics, and little things that I like to keep nearby.
I never thought before to use my desk lamp for the art magnets I have, although I’ve had the lamp for years, and have several art magnets that I’ve collected over the years during trips to art museums. (Side note: all of them used to enliven the front of my fridge. I was so sad when I realized that my new refrigerator could not hold a magnet!) Currently featured in this new “gallery” space, are four magnets of works by Mary Cassatt. If you enlarge the photo, you can see two of them. Just looking at them makes me smile!