We’re half way through January and my resolutions to get more exercise and
fresh air with my kids has been a failure.
It’s not that I’m not capable of committing and following through. Heck,
when I got all those chocolate gift baskets for the holidays, I was
determined to finish every last confection and, by George, I proudly can say
I left no wrapper unwrapped, no ribbon untied and no box unopened.
So, you see, I really can follow through with resolutions. It’s just the
significant ones – like making sure my kids get enough exercise – that throw
me for a loop.
But I’m learning, goals are not set in stone; they’re as ephemeral as our
kids’ memories. My kids don’t dwell on the stuff that didn’t get done – they
are pure and hopeful enough to live in the present and plan sincerely for a
Every day they provide us with another opportunity to make a positive
imprint on their lives with no judgments, and nary a mention of a grudge
about unkempt promises.
And so tomorrow, I’m going to scoop up these kids, twirl scarves around their necks and take them to play outdoors.
If you’re feeling bad about not having achieved your resolutions, here are
just a few things to keep in mind for 2012: Our lives are brief. Tell
someone you love them. Cry. Eat good food. Make something that you are proud
of. Live your life with joy.