I decided many years ago that if I felt compelled to make RESOLUTIONS at the beginning of a new year, the last one must have sucked and things need to change. I also gave up on having a WOTY (word of the year) as I believe that I have my act together for the most part and don’t need that subtle guidance anymore. It took some work to get there, and I still have to pay close attention to the nuances of the ‘balanced living’ philosophy that I embrace.
In a nutshell, Mind, Body, and Spirit are the components of balanced living and, all of the things that I have determined to be important for my well-being are included within. Things like fitness, lifelong learning, quiet time, healthy eating, social time, family, work, financial responsibility, and creative pursuits are all sub-categories under the corresponding heading. Each sub-category is broken down even further into specific activities. In years past, I outlined what my version of balanced living looks like in a journal and used my written words as an accountability partner as I worked toward achieving goals and becoming my whole SELF. After a while, balanced living became a habit and I intuitively knew when things needed tending.
So What Changed?
The past year didn’t suck, in fact, it was better than expected. All I have to do is flip back through ninety pages of my new Shutterfly book to see evidence of a beautiful year. But, what’s on the outside and what’s on the inside are at odds, and I feel the need for a re-boot, a WOTY, a resolution or two, or maybe just a hard look at how things got off track.
The impetus, of course, was change. Change on a monumental scale, (albeit self-imposed) and I have not fully recovered. In fact, when I started to peel away the layers of my discontent, one major component of my ‘balanced’ lifestyle was missing – quiet time. It isn’t like I haven’t been in this situation before, but I was much younger then and could clear my head and regain balance with nothing more than a good workout! It isn’t that easy these days and I find myself longing for a deserted island. So what’s a gal to do?
Getting Back to Basics
When you think about it, resolutions really are just solutions that haven’t been realized. And, a WOTY can be a guiding light, especially when it writes itself on your mind day after day. For the past week, the word MORE has appeared over and over as I evaluate the components of balanced living from the inside. More what?
For me, that means more quiet, contemplative time, more exercise (endorphins), and more creative pursuits.
I have been experimenting daily with specific solutions within each of those areas and already feel as if I am returning to my SELF.
How About You?
What feeds your contentment will look very different than mine. Some of you may identify with ‘intentional living’, or ‘mindful living’ but it all comes down to tending the parts of you that make up the whole. How you do that is up to you. So, what are your plans for the next year? Resolutions, WOTY or just wing it?
Whatever you do and wherever you go, Malcolm and I wish you the very best for 2022. May we all know peace, experience joy, and live the life we imagine to the fullest. Thank you for following Picture Retirement and for being a part of our journey.
All the best, Malcolm and Suzanne