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As this year comes to an end, I find myself contemplating ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’
Not the actual resolutions that I will make, but the concept that we actually deem
this the day to make resolutions. I guess I have three times each year that I make
‘New Year’s Resolutions’ -
There are other times of year that I think are more logical for making resolutions. I know a lot of people take a personal accounting of themselves around their birthdays. My sister treats herself by taking the entire week of her birthday off from work. She thoroughly enjoys spending time alone while her kids are in school and her husband is at work. Another friend of mine has an annual emotional breakdown during the weeks leading up to his birthday as he remembers all the nightmares of his past. A lot of us evaluate our personal timelines as our birthdays roll around each year.
I remember falling apart every year as my thirtieth birthday approached because I
was sure that I would be an old maid at thirty. I would re-
We often tell ourselves that by the time we are thirty, forty, fifty, or whatever arbitrary number we have picked that we are finally going to be successful, thin, happy, relaxed and balanced, or whatever else we pick to work on. Then as that birthday approaches we evaluate our progress. Especially as we get older, we really look at what we have accomplished and what we have missed out on in life. Funny how time becomes so much more precious as we age isn’t it?
Most people do not consciously decide to set ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ while on vacation. As for myself, it is a very powerful time to do so. Every summer, I go to the Redwoods for a very deep spiritual retreat. I spend a lot of time in prayer and mediations with the heavens reviewing the last year of my spiritual work and determine what the course of the next year should be. I set a lot of intentions at that time and reflect deeply on the spiritual parts of my journey through life.
It is not so unusual while on vacation to promise ourselves that this year we are going to carry that peaceful feeling of our annual vacations with us throughout the next year. This year we are going to stay in balance and harmony. This year we are going to love more and stress less. This year we are not going to miss out on family time by spending so many long hours at the office. This year we are going to save up enough money to finally take that special vacation to that exotic island or Disneyland or Ireland or Australia or wherever it is that we still have not gotten to yet. This year, I am going to put more freedom and vacations into my life!
In September, I have a parental-
So, why do we need to have a big formal year-
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