The welcoming of a New Year has so many different meanings for so many different people. For some, the New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations are the focal point. For others, reflecting on the past year, especially with regard to major events that have perhaps changed their lives is most important. Then there are those who see the whole thing as just another chance to view how they have managed to fail in not reaching the goals that they previously set at the beginning of the year. But, probably by and large, the biggest group is made up of those who are going to set some new resolutions for the coming year and this group is the one that most intrigues me.
“No matter what you personally choose for yourself, be it resolutions or goals that you may choose, allow yourself to do what is best for you in the coming year “Barbara Jacoby
I have not set New Year’s Resolutions for a very long time. My rule has changed to just live one day at a time, keep your eyes and ears opened to new opportunities that you may like to pursue but know that everything happens in its own good time and exactly the right moment. But what do other people want for the coming year? What personal goals have they set for themselves? What hopes and dreams do they wish to realize in 2023?
I don’t know what New Year’s resolutions others have made. I don’t know what has inspired others to set the goals that they have set. I don’t know what it takes for others to make a commitment to a resolution or a dream that would allow them to press forward with confidence that they will reach that dream. I don’t know whether this is a brand new resolution that they are making or whether they are continuing to pursue a goal that they have worked on in the past. I wish I knew what is motivating them to pursue this particular resolution. I am sure that I am not alone in wanting to know what to do in order to keep a resolution because it sure doesn’t sound like an easy thing to do.
I do know if you have failed in keeping a resolution in the past and if you take the time and make the effort to set a new or repeat a previous resolution, you would have a really good reason to do so. So rather than a New Year’s resolution, I believe I would do better to set a number of goals that I might wish to accomplish. Rather than short term or long term goals, what is it that I wish to do in various areas of my life. In what areas do I want to a difference, not only for myself but for others.
One of the things for many years that has been my focus is my website and what I can do to help others. When diagnosed with breast cancer, I needed help so much more than I realized and really didn’t know where to turn as social media was virtually non existent. But, over those years, so much has changed and evolved, especially in the last couple of years and I want to continue to evolve with those changes in 2023.
One of the other things that has been changed is how I take care of myself on a personal basis. As we get older, our needs change and with the changing things in the economy and in our worlds, we must change with them. So, I will also focus my goals for my health and well being and allowing myself the latitude that I need to do what is best for me, no matter what others preach or tell me what I should do.
No matter what you personally choose for yourself, be it resolutions or goals that you may choose, allow yourself to do what is best for you in the coming year – and always. And know that I wish you the very best for the New Year and for it to be the best one that you have ever known.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.