It’s that time of year again; people are making new year’s resolutions. While some people have a lot of success with their resolutions, others like me, struggle to keep those resolutions much past February.
Last year, a friend suggested that instead of a resolution, perhaps I could settle on a theme for the year. I wrote the theme down in a couple of places I would see it regularly and tried to keep it in mind as I made decisions and plans. As the year progressed I noticed myself more naturally incorporating my theme into decision making and activities of daily living.
This year, my theme is “living with intention.” Merriam-Webster defines intention as a determination to act a certain way. My take is to be intentional when I am listening, speaking, or even walking the dog. I see this theme impacting my daily activities where I am challenging myself to be and stay present in the moment by intentionally engaging in whatever I might be doing. To make sure my mind is just as present as my body in any given situation.
While my theme is a focus for myself, I’ll be curious to see if “living with intention” becomes contagious for those around me—more eye contact, less habitual checking of the phone, more focus in the moment, less mental list making, more experiences, fewer posts. No matter if you choose to make resolutions or identify a theme for the year ahead, I wish you and your family a safe, rejuvenating, and enjoyable new year. Best wishes as we kick off 2019!
Coordinator of Student, Family & Community Services