Doing It the Light Way
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. That’s not to say that I don’t think improving oneself isn’t worthy and that not making a resolution means that I think I’m doing everything perfectly. There are many ways that I know I can improve certain aspects of my life, but I choose to do it in a “light” way.
This may sound overly simplistic, but I’ll use brushing my teeth as an example. Frankly, it’s on my mind because I have to get some crowns and fillings in the next month. No picnic; but I can choose to figure out why this has occurred, what I need to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and begin strict eating rules and mouth care goals to ensure that I will never again need a crown or filling. For instance, I could decide that I’m going to brush my teeth five times a day, and only eat sweets at the maximum three times per week. And yes, this will all start tomorrow.
For me, that doesn’t work. I do better with thinking that I know I need to make a change. And I’ll try. I’ll brush more thoroughly. I’ll attempt to floss more often. And sweets, well they’ll always be a part of my life and I can’t count how many times per week I will eat them. Maybe more some weeks, and maybe less.
This does not mean I’m a slacker and I abuse my body, and I don’t take mouth care or whatever the specific issue is seriously. I do. I think a lot about my health, some of my life habits, and life goals and wishes. I ponder ways that I can be a better person and make attempts to do so. They may not clearly show up in an instant as a resolution, habit change, or transparent goal. But things will be happening even if they aren’t out in the open in my day planner, on my wall, or for all to witness.
Do what’s best for you. I’m sharing my way, because it may relieve the resolution pressure. It has worked for me and I am planning to continue this approach for as long as it feels comfortable. That’s who I am. The “light” way does not mean I’m not serious. On the flipside, it keeps me happy. And to me, that’s what matters most.