Yes! I so dislike New Year’s resolutions. They don’t read as a list of hope as much as a list of despair, especially when the same to-dos appear year after year. So, I failed again; one more try!

A list of gratitude is more encouraging. How often we consider successes to only be what we cross off a list, as though every other accomplishment is to be ignored, uncelebrated.

Humans make plans and God laughs.

I am not religious and the God reference leaves me uncomfortable but still the sentiment is true. Our list of resolutions is often erased by life. All that messy stuff we didn’t plan, couldn’t have foreseen, may not have wanted.

Our true accomplishments are how we react to the bumps in the road, the unexpected floods and droughts, the babies and relationships and layoffs that weren’t planned or listed or resolved.

Our New Year resolution should be to appreciate what we conquered the year before and to walk into the new one with determination and appreciation.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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