The anti-resolution revolution seems to have swept the social sphere. We think it's headed in a positive direction. Deeper, not wider. Less pressure, not more. Consistency over time, not big bang burn out.
The other day, Elizabeth Gilbert posted a video, radically revolutionary in its simplicity.
In it she says:
"You don't have to have a New Year's resolution.
This new year doesn't have to have even more pressure and anxiety than normal because it's a new decade.
You don't have to have a new decade resolution.
You are not required to justify your existence on earth through constant improvement.
You are not a fortune 500 company; you don't have to show increasing profits.
You don't have to earn your right to be here by putting yourself to higher and higher standards.
You just get to be here.
You belong here.
You are loved on Earth
And January 1st can be a day like any other, where you can just sleep in and maybe do a little bit more of nothing."
If you believed that sentiment, knew it to be true, how would it change your intentions for the coming year, the month, the day, the hour?
If you didn't have to earn your spot here, if being here was enough, what would you do differently?
If you realized, with total certainty, that at the end of this ride, everything you worked so hard to accumulate would vanish the minute you departed this world, would that change how you spend your time?
None of this is to say, do nothing, make nothing, be a slug. On the contrary, live the most expressed, creative version of your life possible, but the only way to do that is to take the pressure off.
You are precious. You are loved, simply because you exist. And you don't have to do anything to win that favor.
As you go gently into this New Year, next decade, let joy be your compass and love be your map.
Make choices from love, for love, and in love.
There is absolutely no resolution that will give you better results than that.
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