Why think of New Years Resolutions two days before June? Why not?
January 1st is not only the beginning of the New Year, it is also the beginning of the darkest days of winter. Every
year on this date, people make promises to themselves to exercise more, eat healthy and improve their over all well being,
at what I believe is the worst possible time to make these changes. Lets face it by January 1st, we are still recovering from the food coma brought on by holiday feasting. It is now, when the days are shortest and the deepest cold is creeping into our bones that we decide to make our wellness changes.
What follows is simply my observations (be it humor or wisdom, you decide) of the usual New Years Resolution. During our annual holiday celebrations, while feasting and possibly drinking, we somehow come up with the grand idea that we are going to do _______, ________, and ________ in the new year to improve our lives, which is fantastic that we are doing introspection to improve ourselves. Did I mention this is likely the worst time to try to start making changes? To highlight this point, count on your fingers how many resolutions lasted past May? I am betting that you can use the right hand to count the total on your left, without having to switch hands or take off your shoes, otherwise we would not be making the same resolutions every year.
So, here's my thought, lets make June 1st our wellness "New Year", after all it only makes sense. Traditionally New Years aside from marking the beginning of the new calendar year also marks the beginning of winter, short days, long nights and colder temperatures, all working against us as our bodies just want to huddle under a thick blanket. Unfortunately our bodies also naturally crave heavier, fattier foods at this time of year, foods that help us to stay warm.
Rather than fight a losing battle in winter, welcome Spring, allow natures rebirth be yours as well. The days are longer and warmer making it easier to be more active and we naturally tend to eat lighter foods, I think this is the best time to really focus on the changes you want to make. Rather than fighting your bodies and natures natural rhythm, work with it, by the time January rolls around you will already be firmly on track and better able to face the dark days of winter and fend off the holiday bulge.
I do not believe I have the answer for everyone, I am, like you, walking my own path as best I can, all I can hope is that I may in some small way help another along theirs.
There is an old saying that says; "Within each of us two wolves battle."
"One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego."
"The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth."
The question being which one wins?
The answer is the one we feed.
World events seem determined to force us to lose our perspective and choice of which we will feed. Try as we may we may feel powerless to escape the trap. This is just an illusion, a web of lies spun by the evil wolf to force us to feed it. The truth the evil wolf does not want us to see is that we always have a choice. It is true we can not control people and events, but how we react to them, is our choice.
We can always chose the path that leads to feeding the good wolf or we can allow our choice to cause us to feed the evil wolf.
Over the years I have given this little parable a great deal of thought. I have come to believe the food is our "emotional equity", the stronger the emotional response the great the influence, good or evil. We are all getting more and more cautious with how wee spend our hard earned cash, but we seem to be over looking and throwing away the most valuable currency we have, our inner peace.
As our world continues to spiral faster in what ever direction it is going, I believe we, as individuals need to slow down our emotional reactions to it. Take some time to consider if we are investing our emotional equity wisely and ultimately feeding the right wolf.
Do I believe I have the answer for everyone, not hardly. I am like you walking my path as best I can, all I can hope is that I may help someone else along their path in some small way.