An Intentional Year

by Monday, January 4, 2016

When I think of the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing that crystallizes every year at this time on the keen edges of ending and beginning years, something about it seems a bit…limp.

I mean, seriously, how many times have we gone down this road, dutifully writing down three things we want to bring to our lives and three we want to get rid of? I know I literally do this every year! For years! I can’t even tell you what last year’s items or values were, not to mention the what I wrote down in 2010.

If we correlate this whole thing to acting or any sort of intentional work, it would mean we would choose our intentions once at the beginning of whatever process and then hope and pray that we could sustain them — in memory, let alone in practice. That’s hard!

This year, since “resolution” is synonymous with “intention” let’s think about it more in terms of an intention to be renewed every day. Rather than, “I resolve to quit smoking for 2016,” how about every day when you rise, think about what you want out of the present day.
Do you need to implement something to have what you want? Like if you thought, “I’d like to breathe better today and feel less down, more productive.” What could you do THAT DAY with that intention? Maybe it’s quitting smoking for that day. Maybe it’s going for a run, puking because you smoke too much, and then setting the intention the next day not to puke/smoke?

The point is, if we do the superhero expectation for THE YEAR, we lose the day-by-day, moment-to-moment process of how to change our practices, and hence our lives.
Believe it or not , it’s the little victories that not only feel more meaningful, but also actually help us achieve our bigger dreams.

Happy 2016, folks!

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