Well, here we are in 2014. Every year I make New Year’s resolutions. I like the idea of them. The new year seems a logical time to think about life, and the future, and your place in the world moving forward. I’m not always successful at keeping my resolutions, but just the act of making resolutions feels like you’re halfway there. It requires taking stock of where you are, and visualizing where you want to be. So here goes:
- I will smile more. I spend all day at work smiling at my patients, making them feel comfortable and welcome, that when I get home I often don’t have any smiles left in me. I’ve noticed these last few weeks that it’s been hard for me to smile at my children, especially with the hustle and bustle and pressure of the holidays. I’ve started trying this over that last few days, and it feels like everyone is happier. So I will smile more, and bring more of that sunshine into my life at home.
- A corollary to item #1 – I will not sweat the small things. This will enable me to smile more. Does it really matter if the kitchen floor doesn’t get swept today? Will it really be the end of the world if the kids have hot dogs for dinner – again? No. Hot dogs with a smiling mom is way better than a bitchy mom with all the food groups on the table.
- I will give more. I worry that I’m not teaching my kids that value of giving – giving of gifts, giving of time, giving of support. I was shocked recently when Lydia asked my why people are homeless, and didn’t seem to realize that there are people in the world who don’t have a home, or a family, or support of any kind. I think this year we’ll spend more time thinking about others, whether that means raising money for a charity, donating our time to help others, or something else entirely. I don’t know what it will be, but if these kids are going to grow up to help other people, they’ve got to learn it somewhere, and who will teach them if not us?
- I will lose 10 pounds. Still. This is a recurring resolution.
Can I get by with only 4 resolutions? Reading back over them, they seem like enough! Happy New Year to you and yours!