Well, it’s that time of year when most of us reflect on the past twelve months, and make resolutions for the next year.
If you’re typical, most of the resolutions made will be broken in the first week of the New Year, and some will be broken before the morning of January 2nd.
This year, I’m skipping the usual resolutions – dieting, exercising, quitting bad habits – and going for resolutions that I can keep.
1.) I vow that when I wake every morning to take a moment to appreciate the fact that I woke up in my own bed and in the safety of my home.
2.) I vow to savor that first sip of hot coffee while logging into PPOV, and forcing myself away from the computer once the coffee is gone, and to walk outside and watch the sunrise.
3.) I vow to appreciate the fact that I am able to shower using clean, hot water and without assistance.
4.) I vow to speak less and listen more.
5.) I vow never to take for granted my health or the health of my husband and loved ones.
6.) I vow to prepare better meals, and create at least two “works of art” per week, and set the table using a tablecloth, candles, my good china, and glass stemware. Why wait for company to come over to set a nice table and enjoy a good meal?
7.) I vow to stop dreading housework and laundry, and be grateful that I am capable of doing the chores myself, and instead of rushing through the tasks, I’ll take my time and do the best that I can.
8.) I vow to do at least one good deed per day, even if it’s just smiling at a neighbor and waving hello.
9.) I vow to read at least four books of non-fiction this year and that’s actually a difficult one for me, as my guilty pleasure is reading romance/mystery novels because I love a happy ending.
10.) I vow to listen to music more and watch television less.
11.) I vow that when the blues set in, to concentrate on my blessings instead, and be grateful for my life, my husband, my family, and my friends.
12.) And lastly, I vow to thank God every night when lying in bed for granting me another day.
It’s the simple things in life that matter.
Cat Stevens said it best: