A New Kind of Resolution
When I hear people talking about New Year’s resolutions, the resolution that comes up most often is, you guessed it, weight loss. Our society is already inundated with it, but especially around this time of year. We hear TV commercials, friends, family and co-workers talking about it. We see billboards and magazine ads with the “how to” suggestions. This includes a wide variety of comparable resolutions including, exercising, restricting calories or certain food groups, most commonly sweets, or it can be the latest weight loss trend or food fad. I can’t turn on the TV without seeing some sort of new diet or home gym commercial.
While moderate exercise and cutting back on certain things might be a healthy choice for some, it is quite the contrary for others at this stage in their recovery. It is important to take care of ourselves physically but it is also just as important to consistently nurture ourselves emotionally, spiritually and mentally. It’s all about balance AND it’s about knowing yourself and what you need right now.
We often times tend to focus on what is readily available to the human eye and forget about our “unseen” needs like love, affection, quality time, rest and relaxation, mindfulness, creativity, etc. It saddens me that we live in a society that has become so obsessed with the exterior appearance of ourselves that we lose focus on the potential beauty within. For this New Year, I encourage you to build on your foundational beauty within. This can mean developing your character, sharpening your innate strengths, managing healthy and safe relationships and much more. Search and find what you need most at this time in your journey and grow yourself into the beautiful and unique person that you already are!