Image by vandan desai via FlickrThe promise of a new beginning, a new hope, a new dream. That is what the New year brings to each and everyone of us. Most of us make resolutions that never see the light of day. Or we may give it a heartfelt try, however, by January 15th, our firm decision has crumbled. I know, this isn't news. We've all been there and we all know about losing the "conviction of our resolve". I am going to try something different this year. Instead of New Year "resolutions", I am making New Year "promises". I have always worked much harder at keeping a promise than I ever have at keeping a resolution. I'm not sure why that is, but it may have something to do with the fact that a resolution is something we decide to do for ourselves and is, almost always, expected to be broken. A promise, however, is something we make to another and in doing so, becomes more important. Well, this year I am making myself that important "other" and making promises to me.
I would love to make a promise to bring world peace, feed every starving child out there, and give every homeless person a warm and safe place to live. If I thought I could accomplish those things, well.....maybe next year! But, for this year I have two important promises to make to......me. :-)
The first promise to myself is to take care of my health and this means dropping the excess weight. So, paying more attention to proper nutrition (which may mean giving up my comfort food), starting a consistent walking program (which will give me less time on the internet) and consistency in both are key. I know, it doesn't sound like much fun, but will be worth it in the long run.
The second promise is to spend more time on my writing. I want 2010 to be full of short stories, poetry, and the two novels, of which I have the first drafts completed. My goal is to have one or both of my novels ready for submission by the Spring of 2010 or at the very latest, Summer of 2010. Now, this does sound like a whole lot of fun.
Well there, I said it publicly. How could I possibly not keep my word to myself with the whole world watching. OK! Maybe, not the whole world, but my twitter friends and family, who are the whole world to me.:-)
Wish me luck and let me know what "promises" you've made for the New Year!