Taking a cue from Babylon
Care to take part in a tradition over 4,000 years old? It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, promising the gods that they would pay their debts and return any borrowed goods. In modern times, we don’t worry about falling out of favor with deities when we break or fall through on our resolutions. It’s a good thing too as less than 10% of those who make resolutions follow through on them.
You might want to consider looking at the new year with a different approach than setting a resolution. I have not had much success with keeping resolutions and have decided to take a different strategy this year. One of the reasons for my change-up was the significant amount of turmoil here and abroad; the NDAPL, the election, poisoned drinking water across the country (lead, PFOA’s, hexavalent chromium, etc.), expanding war zones, the refugee crisis and the list goes on and on. Closer to home, losing very dear loved ones over the past year forced me to look more deeply at this thing called ‘life’. It is precious and moving through it with a bit more deliberateness is just what the doctor ordered.
So instead of a resolution and singular vow to give up something, I’ve made a list of goals for 2017. Ok, you might already do this. Sure, lots of people set goals for themselves. But how about taking it a step further? I’ve been working on my 2017 list for several weeks and it includes things like: 3 hiking/camping adventures, join a local and international environmental organization, and switch finances to more socially responsible financial institutions. Funny enough, it made me pause a little as I decided which goals to share with you. This is exactly what the final step is about. PRINT off your goals, put it in a frame and place it on your dresser or somewhere in your home. This last step will help you stay on track throughout the year and accomplish your goals. If this is old hat for you, consider taking it a step further and include your 5 and 10 year goals as well.
Best wishes to you and yours in 2017!
Dr. Tina Beaudoin, ND