Since 2019 is winding down, I started thinking about things I wanted to accomplish in 2020. It made me remember making New Year’s resolutions when I was younger. You know, lose weight, get in shape, be kinder and more tolerant, and hug more, and so on and so forth. Anyway, I have decided on another course of action. I have chosen to live resolutions every day instead of maybe two weeks out of the year.
First off, I am not a touchy feely person and have been trying to be more open to hugging, especially strangers who want to hug. That has always been an issue for me. I wasn’t raised with hugging and I have a really hard time allowing others to invade my personal space. I know there are many people that will hug anything that moves, but I’m not one of them. Of course, I return hugs to all the huggers out there, and, I try really hard to hug and mean it. I’ve come to the realization that some people just need a hug, and I’ve decided to just go with it.
I finally found the secret to permanent weight loss – intermittent fasting! If you are interested in reading my blog on this subject, check it out here. No more weight loss ventures in my future. I have weighed the same for the past six months, so it must be working. Yea, I still eat pizza and ice cream, and, of course, cookies! Moderation in all things is key.
Tolerance is another hard one for me. I have a ridged sense of right and wrong. Again, a product of my childhood. My mom was very strict and wanted us to grow up to be decent human beings. Being truthful and doing the right thing at all times was the constant message. There were no gray areas when I was growing up. There are now. Sometimes there is no one right or wrong answer. Over the years I have gotten better about the gray areas and have learned to be easier on myself and others.
There are so many other things that I want to improve upon that I could never fit them all in this blog. I’m still a work in progress, but I know I’ll succeed in my endeavors because like Aristotle said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”