My family is doing something a little different this year for our New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t know about you, but we seem to be great at creating lists of things “to do,” “to change,” and to just, in general, find new ways of creating stress in our lives.
So this year we are going to do something a little different.
We’re actually going to make two lists. First, we are going to make a list of the things we accomplished this year, the things and people we’re grateful for, and the moments that were especially special this past year. We’ll just basically create a list of the year in review, but after first putting on the rosy glasses of nostalgia. It’s not a time for regrets and “If I only I had…”; it’s a time for celebration of the gift of one more year that we were given.
Then we’ll make a second list, to share only if we want. It’s the list of the things that we don’t want anymore. What are the things that are no longer acceptable in our lives? It could be the way we allow others to treat us, business deals that don’t work, investments that suck our energy and time with no return, or just simply how we treat ourselves. Whatever we put on the list, the one thing that is true is that these are the unacceptables in our lives now. We write them down and then we burn them in the fire pit.