I am a realist but I love resolutions. Even though I rarely manage to keep mine I still put myself through the process of creating my list at the beginning of each new year in hope that it will turn me into a better me.
The list has changed a few times but I promised myself this year that I will try to set goals which are actually achievable. Shocking, right?
Here you go:
- Say more often YES than NO. You know how they say that children imitate their parents?? Do they also say that parents imitate their children??I honestly don’t know who started it first but I have realized that this little ‘game’ of replying with a fast-as-a-bullet NO to a question one asks in this family is unfortunately contagious.
- Smile more & LAUGH harder. I could rephrase this with appreciate the good things more, but that would be a very unrealistic resolution to keep as human nature has it and we always tend to ask for more.
- Let go of the trivial things. This house WILL stay a mess as two young children grow up in it. Stains on their clothes, crumbs on the floor and finger prints on the windows are just some of the few things I am sure I will miss in a few years time.
- Don’t postpone for tomorrow what I can do today. Cliche, but very, very true.
- Trust my instincts more. If I have a nasty feeling of how something might turn out I should not go through with it in the first place, right?
- Invest in more quality time. With my kids, with N., with my sister, with everyone that means a great deal to me.
- Respect myself before I respect others. I have always had the tendency to put others first but lately it has come to my attention that a phrase I read in a parenting book when I first had Yiannis is actually pretty true: When mom is not happy, no one is happy
- Don’t beat myself up. I guess this goal will be the most difficult to achieve as I am a perfectionist and people seldom change. I hope though that I will at least manage to lessen the times I beat myself up over the fact that I am not perfect and I will never be. Who is anyway??