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You Say You Want A Resolution . . . January 1, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I’m not big on setting goals or making far-reaching resolutions.  I prefer to go with the flow without any specific aspirations for the future.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu

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When we convince ourselves that reaching a set destination or goal is a pre-requisite to happiness, we are apt to be disappointed ~ since the rewards we envision, if they materialize at all, often feel less like rewards and more like dead ends.

If we are living “full lives” there is little reason to get caught up in regret about people we didn’t meet, books we didn’t read (or write), conversations we didn’t have, foods we didn’t taste, pounds we didn’t lose, movies we didn’t watch, or places we didn’t see . . . yet.

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road . . . it’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!

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Several years ago, I framed a resolution for our front hall ~ one that I strive to live every day:

May we stay resolved to each breath,
each act, each moment being enjoyed,
and may thanks be given,
regardless of the setbacks.

~ Jim O’Connor (Issue 13, HERON DANCE)

 Here’s to enjoying the journey as each moment unfolds into the next.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.

Related post:  The Anti-Resolution (Lisa A. Kramer)