Resolution revolution

What would a perfect list of New Year’s resolutions look like? Would it be filled with the same ol’ same ol’ (lose weight, stop smoking, find my car keys)? Would it be noble (end world hunger, cure cancer, discover alternative fuel source that will make me a billionaire)? Or would it be a list to truly inspire you?

I’m not one to come up with a whole list of New Year’s resolutions. If I did, I would I just manage to break almost every single one of them within hours of writing them in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I think resolutions have their place. I think that they help people to think about how to make things better. I think that resolutions can help you to focus on what has been going right in your life and what things you may want to consider changing. A new year is a perfect to time to evaluate your stengths. Unfortunately, many people end up focusing on their weaknesses. To me that is sad. Since I’m not really big on anything sad – I had to think about all this from another perspective.

I would love to see a list of resolutions that included all those things that would inspire me to be me and bringing me closer to the people that I love. I think a perfect list of resolutions would look something like this (in no particular order):

  1. Take a long hard look in the mirror and LOVE what you see!
  2. Eat ice cream whenever you feel like it.
  3. Find excitement in the mundane.
  4. Asks questions that you really want to know the answers to (maybe even to perfect strangers).
  5. Turn the TV off all day at least one day every week.
  6. Spend one hour every day doing something you love.
  7. Spend one hour every day being with someone you love.
  8. Find out all the things that really make you happy.
  9. Make a list of all of your favorite things and keep it with you.
  10. Try something new.
  11. Surround yourself with all that inspires you.
  12. Get messy!
  13. Color outside the lines.
  14. Smile!
  15. Give time to a charity and money to a homeless person.
  16. Be creative!

Now that you have a list feel free to tear it up and make a soup out of it. The whole point is to be inspired, to go out there and live life!

Post inspired after reading Zen Habits.

2 Responses to “Resolution revolution”

  1. I love your list! #2 reminds me of an interview I once read. The interviewer asked a woman in her 80’s about her regrets in life. One of her regrets was that she hadn’t eaten enough ice cream. Since then, I’ve resolved to never let that happen to me. (Of course, I’ve added many other desserts to the list.)

    And, I can give up the tv for the day, but can I keep my internet? Without that, life just wouldn’t be worth living. (I’m exaggerating. Sort of.)

  2. I will definitely keep that interview in mind with my next cartoon of Phish Food (my very favorite ice cream flavor).

    Of course you can keep your Internet – I wouldn’t want to be accused of being uncivilized.