I love new years resolutions. I love the purpose they speak to my year, the expectation they lay on my path, hopes set anew.
Each year my husband and I find a cosy cafe and reflect on the year that was, goals achieved (partial or not) and goals that fell off the bandwagon before February!
It has been so satisfying ticking things off the list:
– Travel to Canada TICK
– Start a business TICK
– Buy a house TICK
– Start Post-grad TICK
– Buy a car TICK
These are all great things. But what they all have in common is ‘doing’, rather than ‘being’.
When I get to the end of my journey, I actually don’t want people to remember me for all the things I did and had. The 4×2 house; enclosed a glossy marriage, 2.5 kids and souvenir’s from 7 continents. Maybe a flashy career chucked in for extra shine.
I want people to remember me for who I am.
And that means I have to resolve every year to not just do, but to be…
– Less gossip, more praise
– Less ego, more humility
– Less task-oriented, more people focussed
– Less exclusive, more inclusive
There is more purpose in being, than there is in doing and having.
I don’t know about you, but I am far better at doing and achieving than I am at being. Being requires us to stop, escape from the noise of our lives, slow your roll…and ask yourself some really hard questions and answer honestly.
How can we not just ‘do’ better in 2014, how can we be better?