Friday, January 18, 2013

Resolutions, Hypocrisy, and Happiness

I'm sort of a hypocrite when it comes to New  Year's resolutions. When asked that looming question of what my resolutions are for the year ahead I respond, "I don't believe in resolutions and will change and grow as I need to when I need to." And though there are some nuggets of truths in that response, it's total B.S. because I do make resolutions, but not before the ball drops. I wait, ponder, and write a list sometime in early/mid January.

My philosophy on resolutions (beyond deny before the clock stricks midnight) is as follows: they are not about big abrupt change, rather they are about little changes in habits, little changes in relationships, and setting mini accomplishments. 2013's resolution list is all about being happy, sharing that happiness with others, and reading Tolstoy (which is an item tabled from 2012). This is the second year for which I've created a graphic version of my list. I enjoy spending time with my little resolutions, finding a font that represents them best, and then playing with format and layout. I anchored my list with a Helen Keller quote that I deemed fitting:

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. 

Great words, eh? They empower me and remind me that the keys to being happy, healthy, and succesful are already hanging on my chain and ready to open doors; that as long as I'm grounded in myself and my joy nothing can stop me or break my stride.

I've got a feeling 2013 is going to be a good year. (Did you pick up that Who reference?)

© Habit & Style, 2013

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