A friend updated his status to say, "Happy New Year. Time again to hit the gym for a few days!" I Liked it instantly. It was funny. Another friend updated his status; "... The calendar is a human invention. ... Don't make any resolutions unless you like to feel guilty." I nodded and Liked it. It sounded like something I hear myself saying many a times every year, especially when I don't want to wait for the "new year" to do something.
And still, when the new year rolls around, I make resolutions. I do. That said, I don't just make resolutions at new year. I make them all the time -- every year, every month, every season, every week, day, hour and moment. I think we all do, whether we realize it or not.
So what if you resolve to exercise every day on Jan 1 and then fall off the wagon the first sunday of the year? Only to go back to the gym for the next three days before skipping out for two days. When February rolls around you do it even less frequently and by October you decide to wait for the new year. So what? If you did not resolve, you might not exercise at all.
As the cliche goes, "Life is a journey, not a destination." Indeed. Life is a journey, a process, not a destination, not focused on the results. You resolve, you try, you falter, you resolve, you try, you sweat, you inspect, you resolve and on you go.
I don't think its a problem to fall off the wagon on your resolutions. I think the real problem is not getting back on the wagon. To not resolve, to not rejoin the process, that is the problem. So resolve I will; today, tomorrow and every day for the next 365 and then again and again! I am invested in the process of growing, changing, inspecting, reflecting.
In that spirit, this year, I am not going for new resolutions. Instead, I am picking up the ones from last year and modifying them based on how last year went. I did that a few months ago too. Now, its time to do it again and I am thankful that the new year is an alarm to my holiday-food induced coma to modify and get back on the wagon with my resolutions.
So onward with resolutions today, tomorrow and forever, in each moment.