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Every New Year we make our list of promises and resolutons. Most, if not all of us, will include weight loss at the top of the list (myself included). We've gone through half of January and I'm still trying to figure out what I really want changed or improved. I could think of a million things that I want and need to change but this year I've resolved to make my list as short and simple as it can be. Instead of making an actual New Year's Resolution List, I've decided to call it List of Expectations. I've asked myself a couple of times what difference will it make if I call it "expectation" rather than resolution. My answer to that is, not much, except the fact that if I plan to resolve old habits, I expect to actually do something about it. Whenever I say resolution it seems like I never get around it. I know, some may say that I'm setting myself up to "failure" if I expect too much of myself but that's why I really didn't want to be specific with what I wanted to resolve. I won't be posting my short list in here, I just wanted to share a couple of things I expect myself to change: the ability to finish what I've started, no matter how hard or long it takes. Whenever my creative muse passes by, I open a floodgate of ideas and start on so many things at the same time until I get so overwhelmed with all the projects and I'll end up stopping in the middle of it or when I become impatient, I'll let go of it, promising to get back to it when I feel like it again. Anyone out there feel same way? Another thing I'm expecting is that I grow to be a better person in all aspects of my chosen Path. There are a few more things that I expect to accomplish but nothing will be changed unless I start working from within then work on the more "challenging and elaborate" to get me through my own "list". I'd like to really be able to look back at the end of 2011 and see that I've made a difference not just for my own good but for everyone around me.

Love and Light.

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Comment by Anavrin on January 18, 2011 at 2:03pm
Hi Cerridwen!

I am in the same boat creatively as you. I am constantly setting aside projects I never fully finish. At the end of last year however, to prepare myself for a fresh beginning in the new year, I sat down and took inventory of all my projects and decided what projects I was continuing, what I could let go, what I was happy with as it was, and what only needed a few little tweaks to get it up to par. Now, I'm not normally this organized and in fact, am pretty wishy-washy when it comes to decision making, but I knew that to be able to move forward this was something I had to do for myself.

I hope that you far exceed your expectations of yourself this year and that by the end of 2011 you can look back and be proud of what you accomplished!

~Ana
Comment by Cerridwen Freya on January 18, 2011 at 5:18pm
Aha, that's what I have to do! I think I had a general idea of what needed to finish, all it took me is to see your post to re-affirm that I'm starting towards the right path. I have been going thru some of my "half-done projects" like the 3 scrapbooking albums I've started beginning of 2010. I've looked and sifted thru storage bins for a lot of things that can be given away and re-organized things. Thanks for the pep talk!

Love and Light.

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