In honor of the short week this post is going to be short and sweet. As December approaches, I often get the urge to take stock of what I have accomplished over the past year . And of course, many of us turn our minds to all the things we want to pursue and achieve in the year ahead. I believe there is nothing wrong with setting goals and they are a necessary part of life that helps us grow into our best selves. It’s only that right now, sitting in my chilly basement, writing this blog post, just being alive seems especially exhausting. I can’t wait for the calendar to turn to 2021 and I bet many of you are feeling the same way.
If I looked over this past year there were some successes to be sure. The people in my family most vulnerable to Covid-19 haven’t caught it. The business my husband built from the ground up over 40 years has managed to stay afloat along with the people we employ. My relationships with my children and my parents have grown stronger during this crazy time. I started a life coaching practice which I am finding challenging and thrilling and uncomfortable, all at once.
I have decided that I am going to be kind to myself and choose to not make New Year’s resolutions this year. Who needs that pressure? I am going to start next year believing that I am perfect just the way I am. I’m going to continue to be a little disorganized, and a little loud and I am probably not going to get any better at putting on eyeliner. I’m still not blow drying the back of my hair. I am not going to beat myself up about that second glass of wine, or the walk I didn’t take. I am going to give myself the grace that I usually reserve for other people.
The only thing I am going to do, and it’s more of an aspiration than a resolution, is look for beauty in everyday things. I want to spot one beautiful thing each day and take note. I know that some days, I may have to struggle to find that one thing. That my mood may not lend itself to seeing beauty. That my thoughts may not make finding beauty an easy thing. But I am going to do it. And I am going to look forward to that moment each day, when I find that one thing. Try it with me and let me know how it makes you feel. Happy Thanksgiving!