I find that I’m constitutionally incapable of making life altering, deeply personal resolutions when the weather is cold outside and the trees are bare. I need to leave the specifics of resolutions for the summer months when my mind has a more can do attitude. In my worldview, warm weather is for thriving and taking on new goals; cold weather is for surviving and maintaining the status quo.
So instead of resolving at the beginning of each year, I’ve taken to picking one word as my guiding principle for the upcoming year. I never over think the word that I pick. I just ask myself a question such as: what do I need to do differently this year to feel more alive? Then I let my new word float into my mind. In its own good time. Very Zen.
And what word finally floated into my addled brain about one week after it should have arrived? Glad that you asked. This year my one word is: NURTURE.