New Year Flexibility

I immediately felt the pressure to set a new year's resolution as I celebrated the beginning of a new year this week. However, in recent years, I've learned flexibility of the mind and I truly feel that it applies here-- to the new year.  I began by trying to ignore the fact that this particular year carries the ever-superstitious "13" in it. (So, I tried to mirror Taylor Swift's view of it, she makes "13" her lucky number.)  I then pondered what a new year really means to me.  For me, the new year is a time to break old patterns of behavior that no longer serve me well.  For some people, these patterns might appear as negative thinking, compulsively eating, doing something that we know is not good for us, or spending time with someone that make us feel badly.  So, in my first blog to you, I'd like to suggest that rather than making a new year's resolution, you choose to remove an old pattern in your life that no longer serves you well.  I plan to join you in this effort.  In doing so, lets all remember that change takes time, so if you find yourself falling back into an old pattern, give yourself a gentle reminder and then nudge yourself forward.  "If at first you don't succeed, you're probably running about average." - author unknown.