2014, a new year. There is something about the word "new" that causes anyone to feel a rise of internal hope. As we are mid-way through the first month of the new year, some may be realizing that the resolutions that they decided upon are already too ambitious. Though the act of creating new year resolutions is essentially fun, the "failure" in completing them causes unnecessary guilt and shame. Yet, it is never too late to take a step back and reflect upon all the adventures (whether small or grandiose) one has experienced. Reflection opens us up to a space of inspiration and reason to implement some changes. Here's where I implement a suggestion…. Allow 2014 to be the Year of "To Do."
2014: Year of "To Do" isn’t an impossible task, rather it's a simple, fun "To Do" list. This "To Do" list causes to focus on experience, rather than potential resolutions failures. Below is a guideline to 2014: Year of "To Do":
- Reflect-Thankfulness: Take some time to reflect on this past years experiences. Whether they were good, bad, unexpected, or trying...take some of these experiences and express your thankfulness about them. Write it down.
- Know your 'Yes' and 'No': Reflection allows us to see whether the choices we made were beneficial or not to our health. List events that happened, and designate whether it brought life to you or if it causes unhealthiness. From that create some boundaries of yes' and nos' . Example: Yes- to spontaneous dinners with friends. No- to always answer when person X calls.
- Create a "To Do" List: What do you want TO DO this year? Keep it simple. Make some very direct& specific, and others keep broad for freedom. Examples: I recently moved across the country to the LA area. On my "To Do" list I put >>Do cliché tourist things in LA>>. Some other “to dos” I wrote were >>read and write more poetry>>, >>CREATE>>.
- Experience!: Pick a day, take one item on your list and do it! Then cross it off the list, and do something else. Maybe journal about that "To Do" experience. Invite people to participate with you. Enjoy the experience.
The "To Do" list isn't about achievement or success, rather it's about experiencing the world, community, opportunities around you. To find joy in simple "to dos", and see the beauty in which you are part of. May the adventures of your 2014: Year of "To Do" grow your internal hope.