Today I thought of the word “intentions” to replace the often misused word “resolutions”.  I know that as we approach the end of the year, any year, we all reflect back on the year that is ending and think of all the ways to make our lives better.  Some of us will continue with the usual intention of losing weight, going to the gym, saving money and so on.

As the New Year is approaching let us think of “intentions” that can make our lives truly better.  For example, think back on how many days in a year we waste doing something we don’t want to.  I am not referring to work as we need to make a living and pay our bills.  I am talking about the other hours we are not earning a living.  Think about how many of these hours we spend doing what we truly don’t want to do.  

This year I am thinking of the people in my life.  There are many people who have been in my life that have hurt me deeply.  Some of them are no longer in my everyday life.  Some of them continue to drain my very being.  We always put up with family members because that is how we are raised.  When do we decide that we want to take a stand and do things our way.  Do we often concede to the needs and wants of others without giving thought to ourselves?  Is this because of fear that they will no longer want to be a part of our life?  Probably so.  Sit back for a moment and think about people who have done that and seem to go on with their lives without missing a beat.

Thinking about all this I have some intentions for myself for this new year.  I am going to continue to work hard on myself– on my craft, on my healthy well-being and on my life. My life is going to be a central part of my new year.  I want all of those I love to be happy and will continue to do everything I can to make that happen.  However, I will do that this year without sacrificing my own feelings and my own happiness.  

Let us embrace this new year with new hopes and new dreams, and of course, new goals.  If you do not have goals you cease to be.  But let us also emerge into this new year as a better person who sees the world clearer and understands what makes our heart beat happier and healthier.  When you are a complete person you can only give the world the best of you.  Happy and mostly better New Year to everyone!!!

Published by egallagher713

I am an elementary educator for over 24 years in grades K through 5. I have been freelance writing for a few years and hope to write a children's book as well as complete my first novel. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments and contributions. As I near retirement I commit myself to Health and Wellness to enhance my life.

2 thoughts on “Intentions

  1. Agree. It’s like what they say on the airplane before it takes off: “Should an emergency happen, we need to put our own oxygen mask first before helping the next person next to us.” We need to take care ourselves first. Then and only then we have the love to spread out to the people around us. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead. 🙂


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