For the past thirty years or so, I've written resolutions to start off the new calendar. Most of the time they were specific tasks that I wanted to accomplish, usually related to wellness or relationships.
As I thought about 2016, I wanted to do something different.
This is going to be a challenging year, so rather than a list of things to do, I decided to set several mindful goals. I also chose three words that I hope will guide my days: kindness, courage, and most of all, strength.
I've never considered myself to be unkind, but what if I approach every person and situation with a heart of kindness? Even though I try to be brave, what if I resolve to have more courage?
And then there's strength. Will I be strong enough to face this year with kindness and courage? The answer has to be yes, because there is no other alternative that I can live with. If the answer is yes, this year will still be challenging, but it will also be positive and beautiful.