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Looking Forward

by Yvette Cain
December 30, 2018

Dreading the labor-intensive New Year’s chore of developing a 2019 list of resolutions?  For years I avoided this despicable task, preferring to roll over resolutions from previous years that never came to fruition. 

There had to be a better way to challenge myself than the one my mom espoused and my readings reinforced.  This stress-inducing procedure required that I inventory my past year, focusing, it would seem, on all things I hadn’t done well.  My resolution list became a litany of ways to fix my faults.  What a study in negativity! 

Not only was I examining my faults, I was getting suggestions everywhere I turned for ways to improve myself--from TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines, and yes, friends, all of which proposed a multitude of avenues to spend money to fix me.  This yearly chore just wasn’t working.  With the best of intentions, I seemed to always fail by mid-January.

Finally, a suggestion from a random radio talk show helped me to succeed. It still required a review of my past year and myself, but with a more positive slant.  It simply entailed answering one question: “What worked for me in the past 12 months?”

Creating a list of answers to this question was not a chore so much as a challenge.  I needed to reframe many of my activities, hobbies, relationships, and pastimes in the form of a statement of fact, with emphasis on some degree of success.

As an example, in preparation for creating my 2018 list I reviewed my 2017 statements, I found items that continue to work for me today.  One example:  “I accepted and made opportunities to meet and get to know new people.”  This item appeared on my “What Worked 2017” list because I became a member of three new-to-me groups (the Holliston Police Department’s citizens’ academy, the Holliston Senior Center, and a book club).  This same item will reappear in my soon to be written 2018 list, illustrated in part by my new Holliston Reporter pursuit.  Each of these opportunities has provided me with events, activities, and friendships that have cemented my fondness for Holliston. 

Not only did I find my 2017 What Worked list instructive in review, but it also provided confidence that I am not simply a person in need of fixing, as my former resolutions seemed to intimate.  I have taken positive steps.  And I look forward to covering more new territory in 2019. 

 

 

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