We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. (Edith Pierce – 20th Century poet)
Here’s the best New Year’s resolution you’ll ever make – Be kind to the person you see in the mirror. It sounds glib, but it isn’t meant to be. If you’re cruel and disrespectful toward yourself, how can you make things better? Bea learned this the hard way: if you don’t like yourself, you make bad choices that affect your body, and state of mind. It doesn’t have to be that way!
This involves making a commitment to yourself and your well-being.
How to be good to yourself:
- Let go of the negative self-talk tape that runs through your head. Replace it with words of acceptance and self-respect.
- Forgive yourself for mistake.
- Live without regrets.
- Forget the past – but remember the lessons learned from it
- You nurture everyone else in your life: be sure to nurture yourself, as well
- Empower yourself by taking personal responsibility for your actions – then take positive action to enhance your health and wellness, from the inside out.
This self-kindness and self-respect can help you reach those other resolutions: losing weight to become healthier, starting an exercise program to enhance your body and your mind, quitting smoking to breathe easier, de-cluttering your space and your life – all the things that lead to your sense of well-being.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. (Lucille Ball)
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. (Clint Eastwood)
Happy 2015, everyone. It’s going to be a great year!