Several years ago, I started focusing on intentions for a new year, things that don’t have one-and-done goals or hard numbers. Instead, intentions are more like an ongoing project. I kind of got away from setting intentions the last few years, and now feels like the right time for me to return to that.
#1 Be here now. Ram Dass was right about that, and it’s hard for me to be right here, right now, instead of worrying about something in the future or obsessing about something in the past. This year, I want to be more present in the moment, enjoying what is right now rather than before or after.
#2 More loving self-care. I’ve been improving on my self-care the last few years, but a doctor’s visit and some test results made me see I could do better. Healthier food choices, more exercise, some strength training and flexibility on the physical side. On the emotional side, easing up on the need to control, appreciating the people in my life, and being kinder, to myself and to others.
That’s it. Two intentions to guide my actions and decisions through the weeks and months of 2023.
As for aspirations, I hope to do more camping with friends, get back to Canada for some explorations, and come up with a good plan for next winter. Those are the guideposts to the choices I make in 2023, reminders of what I want to accomplish this year.
I hope your 2023 is off to a smooth start and you’re looking forward to the year as it unfolds. Are you a goal-setter, or a intention-maker, or just completely ignore the whole resolutions thing?
We do not do everything perfectly, but the intentions are there.