I haven’t really thought about making New Year’s resolutions for a very, very long time, but this year, I’ve been inspired to actually set some doable goals linked to “Big Intentions”, in a formal, thoughtful fashion.
Big Intention #1: Become a Better Community Member/Citizen
Doable Goals: Volunteer at events like the Rotating Winter Homeless Shelter. Get involved in meetups/classes.
Big Intention #2: Become a Kinder Person (to myself & others)
Doable Goals: Meditate every day. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Do at least one thing every day to make my habitat more habitable. Do at least one creative thing a day (crochet for a bit, paint, draw, make a dessert, write). Commit to doing a hour’s worth of resume revision/CV revision/application stuff every business day. Commit to doing an hour’s worth of bookkeeping and budgeting every business day.
Big Intention #3: Be In and Connect With the World More
Doable goals: learn to drive stick-shift. Make new friends and connect more with old friends. Practice self-metta – making new friends will not be as easy as it was when I was a kid, but people need friends like me who are loyal and kind. Be careful not to let Jerkbrain derail attempts at connecting with others. I may not be able to give people rides or meet them at distant locations for a while, but there is a lot that I can do, like listen and lend emotional support. I am a damn good listener, if I do say so myself.
Big Intention #4: Beat Back the Jerkbrain
Doable goals: Meditate every day for at least 5 minutes, doing whatever style of meditation feels right at that moment. Ask for help sometimes. Be habitual about checking the accounts, entering receipts, and invoicing. Find and keep up a good to do list app. Spend more time in the garden. Be conscious about social media use, and limit it to certain times of the day. Journal more. Write poetry. Read a bit of fiction every day. Give love. Watch Star Trek when necessary. Go on walks/hikes with C.
Here’s to a wonderful 2016!