Many people all over the world take the dawn of a new year to start fresh. Goals are written, resolutions are declared, and hope is born.
Gyms are full. Healthy food flies off the shelves. Books are purchased and stacked by our beds. Enthusiastically, we dash into January, pumped up by the promise of a better me.
By March, we are back to normal – sleeping in until the last minute, packing our schedules full, and eating on the run.
Simply put, we are long on good intentions and short on follow-through. Perhaps there is another way:
- Instead of lofty resolutions, focus on being present
- Instead of complex goals, choose one way to simplify
- Instead of rushing headlong into 2017, pause
There is power in pausing in the present to simplify. It is here where we can define rather than add; be rather than try.
A pause allows us to listen, see and respond. A pause allows us to choose our actions, our words and our tone. A pause gives voice to our inner thoughts and quiets the constant noise.
Pause. One extra breath between reaction and response can make ALL the difference.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
– Ram Dass