Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year?
I did. Or, at least, something like a New Year’s resolution.
We may have much in common, you and I. Maybe you have experienced some significant hardships and disappointments or setbacks over the past few years. Maybe you have felt stagnant or lonely or lost. Through the different phases of my life, I have often found comfort in two assumptions:
- Everything changes.
- Any time is a good time to practice character building.
This past December, I took a look at my life and set down my goals for 2014. I called this list: “Goals for a long and prosperous existence.”
Now, it is July. We have travelled together over halfway around the sun on a giant spinning ball that is the only such place capable of sustaining life in the entire known universe. I consider this as good a time and place as any to re-orient myself to my own journey.
After all, any time is a good time to practice character building.
Do you feel like you have made any progress toward your goals in 2014?
We may have much in common, you and I. Maybe you will not accomplish all of the goals you set for yourself in 2014. Maybe this does not bother you. Maybe, to you, the purpose of setting goals was not to get to an end but to begin moving in a direction.
My Goals for a Long and Prosperous Existence:
- Quit smoking.
- Eat more vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Strengthen meditation practice.
- Walk the Appalachian Trail.
- Strengthen creativity practice.
- Renounce worldly ambition.
- Practice smiling.