New Year’s Resolution… What is it really?

It is January 1st , 7:30 A.M. and I am writing this article. Before I begin, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all readers the following:

Health, Prosperity and, May your deepest desires come true!

Make your dreams become reality! There is ample literature describing the means by which this can be achieved. Writings on the subject all come to the same conclusion. They state that if you truly believe in yourself and set your mind to your objectives, your thoughts will materialize. Your part of the effort is to envision the end results and then let the Universe take the proper course to bring you in the direction you need to achieve them. You can fashion your life the way you want to and not live by default. What is The Secret? Take action, feel it within and act as if you have already achieved your goals.

This New Year’s Eve, we decided to celebrate at home with close friends. We prepared a nice dinner, which included chateaubriand, lobster and, of course, good wine: it was a feast fit for a king. We could not wait for 2012 to begin. We watched the New Year’s Eve Times Square celebrations and poured champagne into our glasses as Lady Gaga was about to press the button to initiate the 60-second ball drop. Times Square was crowded with people from everywhere and singers were entertaining the crowd while waiting for the New Year to begin. This celebration has been a tradition for over 100 years in New York. Perhaps someday, I will join the festivities in person.

As I am writing this article, I am also reflecting on the past year. How was your 2011 experience? Personally, mine was emotionally overwhelming. With my daily work as an IT consultant and my remaining available time devoted to the establishment of Women’s Expressions, I often felt exhausted. As many of you know, increasing age limits your ability to work late at night and still feel refreshed the next day. What will 2012 bring me? Well, I definitely want to see the fruit of my efforts, and those of my team, to develop Women’s Expressions. We wish to make a difference in people’s lives and touch them with the real life stories we post on the website. My team and I want to inspire women across the globe and provide them hope, as well as help them connect by the means of the website.

Rumors are that 2012 will change the world. According to the Maya calendar, the world will end on December 21st, 2012 and a new calendar will begin. What is your belief on the 2012 predicament? What does 2012 mean to you? I know that for some of you, and this includes my young adult children, it is just another year. For me, the year will be more than regular. It will add significance to my life. I am now over 50 and I want to live my life by attracting the events that I desire and by changing my views on the things and events that I can’t control.

So why do we start the year by imposing resolutions upon ourselves? After a sound retrospection on the previous year, many of us do NOT want to repeat the mistakes that have put us in bad place and we try to find ways to adjust ourselves, to become a better person, and to target some key areas of improvement. In some way, we make a promise to ourselves to try to do better in the New Year. But, what if we can’t hold up to our resolutions? What happens if we slip? Do we ignore them or add them to following year’s resolutions? Honestly, I believe we are never really punished for the abandonment of a resolution. Nothing really bad happens if we don’t succeed. But we still hold it against ourselves. Do you agree?

I have never taken resolutions in the past. However, this year, I am going to commit to being a better person. Why now? I don’t know… I guess I feel that with the new Mayan calendar cycle beginning, it is the right time for me. I want to be prepared for any contingency and I wish to continue my spiritual growth. I have read many books on the different philosophies of life. I want to challenge myself and see if I can actually become a better person… I know that I may slip from time to time, but I will get back on track and make it a life commitment.

So what is my resolution? I want to become more attentive. Often, I realize that as people speak, my brain captures a word that triggers me to start searching within. I still manage to somehow focus on the person and look directly at him/her. However, the result is not good; I am driven away from the present and I seek to find a new idea or a past memory. On a positive note, I bring forward creative ideas, but on the negative side, I miss part of the message my interlocutor is trying to convey me. I often put the pieces together and rebuild the message, but it is never as accurate as I would like. I also tend to interrupt the person and take over the conversation. This behaviour is unacceptable to me. I want to be more attentive by practicing active listening. This technique will allow me to learn more about other people, read their body language and seize the underlying message. I am opening myself to a new dimension of active listening. Being one of the writers for Women’s Expressions, this practice will greatly improve my writing, in such that I will be able to capture the true essence of one’s story. I want to write inspirational stories and captivate the readers’ attention. I want to make a difference in women’s lives by posting these stories. For these reasons, I am very motivated to stay on my course of improvement.

What is your New Year’s resolution? We want to know when you slipped from your commitment and how you got back on track. Write to us and keep us posted on your road to self-improvement.

You can write to us at . Your story can be the next featured article on the Women’s Expressions website!

Story by Joanne

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