That week between Christmas and New Year seems to be a bit of a black hole in time that gives us time to reflect on the past year. At times it can be the sense of melancholy, considering the things lost or changed in the last year. But, then again, those losses and changes gives opportunities to new adventures, friendships and ideas.
So, I now look back on my last year and revisit what my Mindful New Year Resolutions were and how successful I was in achieving what I set out to do.
My 2017 Mindful New Year’s Resolutions were: (You can find the post here.)
– To BREATHE: ACHIEVED! Breathing became my anchor as I put myself out there; taking the steps away from the comfort of the known to the excitement of new challenges and experiences that, honestly at times, took my breath away!
– To Be Present: ACHIEVED! Finding the “Rose” of each day is what got me through the most difficult ones and enhanced the most joyful ones.
– To Let Go: ACHIEVED! Sometimes, things just don’t work out in the way you envisioned and letting go of that has been a challenge for me. But, each day the grip gets less and my new future gets brighter.
– To Be Grateful: ACHIEVED! Gratitude filled my life this year in so many ways and from some of the most unexpected places.
– To Be Positive: ACHIEVED! Positivity has been a big theme of the year. I have found myself being the model of positivity, the cheerleader of positivity and the receiver of positivity. Positivity can change a life.
– To Believe In Myself: ACHIEVED! At times, this has been difficult. Humans are so critical of themselves. The diversity in our abilities, thoughts and actions can make us question our own ability and compare ourselves to others who are oranges and you are an apple. But, mindful perseverance helped me to have greater faith in myself.
So, a successful year of Mindful Resolutions all in all! It was rough at times. But, that is life isn’t it.
The one thing I have come to realise that these these resolutions shouldn’t be resolutions. These should be something we strive for everyday of every year! These need to be our Mindful Precepts, rules to live by.
If we live by the precepts, we can enjoy our lives, our jobs, ourselves… We can also help others to enjoy their lives, their jobs and theirselves. If we can do that, we add our bit to making this a better world.
What are your Mindful Precepts? What have you learned are Rules to Live By?
Read about my 2018 New Year’s Resolution here- Mindful Reflections.