Ahh, ’tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know — you want to eat healthier and exercise more, you want re-analyze your Facebook friends and block those you don’t like anymore, you want to spend more time with your family, you want to be more financially stable, and you want to no longer deal with men who are losers. Blah, blah, blah. The list goes on. We’ve heard it all before. And, honestly, it’s giving me a headache.
Do you think that by the end of the year you’ll have reached all of those goals? ..It’s highly unlikely. Sorry.
I’ve been there before, folks. You look over the year and you realize the bad decisions you made and you want to make them better decisions in 2015. I get it! That’s great to stay positive. But, this year, I’ve decided on a new perspective to New Year’s resolutions that I believe will have longevity. Keep it simple.
I took this week off from work to clear my mind and prep for the New Year mentally. I work so hard that I barely have time to think, or do things on my own that make me happy. So what did I do yesterday on my first day off, you ask? I took myself out to dinner to one of my favorite local restaurants and ordered a cucumber basil martini (perfection) and a delicious entrée of Chicken Paillard under a bed of arugula. It was amazing.
Then while I was driving home, I listened to Ella Fitzgerald on my Pandora and noticed a beautiful sunset – I was in awe of God’s work. See? Simple. Simple happiness.
I feel like back in my parents’ time, and my grandparents’ time, life was so simple. I recall them telling me about walking to school, noticing the red clay dirt on the road, waving to neighbors and just smiling. Simple. Meanwhile, in today’s world there is constant complexity and stress that we let overcome our lives. Traffic is stressful, getting to places on time and meeting work deadlines is stressful, buying all of those Christmas presents is stressful. The world is full of nonstop STRESS.
We are so rushed in our everyday lives – especially those who live in New York. Everything is always so rush rush! Don’t make life more complicated by adding a list of New Year’s resolutions you have to do on top of your never-ending list of To Dos! Don’t make it complex; keep it simple.
I say, take the time in 2015 to notice and appreciate the simple things in life. Appreciate that beautiful sunset, appreciate silence when no one is around, appreciate the sound of a child’s laughter, appreciate all of the positive things in your life instead of trying to fix all of the negative things.
Right now, I’m enjoying the birds chirping against the silence in my home, while sipping on herbal tea. And you know what? At this moment, I’m completely happy.
God is amazing. On New Year’s Eve, when that clock turns to midnight, keep it simple and just thank Him for another day.