My New Years Resolutions

My New Years Resolutions
Copyright © 2010 by Veronica Hay

I want to be happy for no reason this year except that I am here and alive and I claim this moment as my own. It’s mine. Its got my name on it!

This year, I want to spend more time in nature, not on the path near my home, with its iPods, and cell phones and incessant chatter, but deep in a forest, where the earth recognizes my step, and the ground kisses my feet as I walk.

This year, I want to say no, more often, and not feel guilty, and say yes, more often, and not feel embarrassed.

I want to take the time to grieve fully this year, for those people that I have lost and mourn those things that I shall never have or be again.

I want to hear the sounds of creation and I can’t tell you what those sounds are, because I have never really heard them before. I ‘ve been too busy for that. But their music beckons to me in the stillness when I have finally given up my need to control.

I want to see, really see the sights of the universe and I can’t tell you what those sights are, because I have never really seen them before. I’ve had my eyes closed. But their vision haunts me in my dreams and gently calls forth to me in my waking hours.

I want to take the child in me out to play more this year and step in mud puddles, get my feet wet, eat cotton candy, build a snowman, talk to strangers, kiss furry dogs and chase mangy cats.

This year I want to eat my spaghetti with a fork and forget about the spoon and get my face really dirty.

I want to get to know my teddy bear more this year. After all, he is really the only one who has always been there for me, in my darkest hour, comforting me and whispering sweet messages into my heart, that were more accurate than any psychic ever could be.

I want to see the world with new eyes this year, as if I have never seen it before, like an alien on an unfamiliar planet, and not take anything for granted.

This year, I want to talk less and say more. I want to taste more and eat less.

I want to write more about those things that really matter to me, with passion, the things that I know in my gut, the things that stir up my soul, and not give a damn about keywords or tags or where I rank in Google.

I want to sit with a flower this year and watch it bloom, and know what it feels like to finally surrender to life, to succumb to a purpose bigger than my own.

I want to talk to the moon and bask in the sun and gaze at the stars for hours and hours.

I want to be much more silly this year, and care much less about what people think of me. I have forgotten just how much fun being silly can be.

I want to laugh, harder than I have ever laughed before. And cry less for all of the pain and suffering that I think I can’t fix, because I know that I can. Every time that I make the choice to be free, there is less suffering in the world, not a world with less pain, but less pain in the world.

I want to love more this year, not the sappy, greeting card kind of love they sell on Valentine’s day cards, but a love that surpasses all distance, time, space and differences.

This year, I want to make friends with those parts of me that I am afraid of and attempt to do those things that still scare me to death. Well, at least some of them.

I want to appreciate more and complain less, accept more and judge less, forgive more and blame less. I want to ultimately do nothing and allow everything.

This year I want to break open the windows of my life and knock down the doors remove the shackles and stare down the illusion until it sets me free.

So you won’t find goals here or projects or timelines or objectives or plans or directions or bucket lists or targets.

You’ll only find me.


From Veronica Hay – Inspirational Writer – Insights and Inspirations Hub
Email: veronicahay@telus.net

  1. Dr. Linda L. Ehlers’s avatar

    What a beautiful introduction to the New Year. You’ve captured the mood and tone of this year. I believe that 2010 will see a turnaround in our awareness of our fellow man and a surge in kindness and understanding for all humanity. It’s about time!
    Thank you again, Dr. Linda L. Ehlers

  2. Betty’s avatar

    Hi Veronica,
    I enjoyed your New Years Resolutions. They are wonderful and it sounds like you’re looking forward to increased joy in 2010! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Wyatt Taylor’s avatar

    Hi Veronica,
    Thank you for your wonderful words, really uplifting, brought a smille to my face. Thank you again! Keep up the great work….
    Wyatt Taylor

  4. Nicole’s avatar

    Veronica: What a great message, thank you, how true!!
    I have also chosen me now, and to be me; it’s the best anyone can be and it’s the most liberating path :-)
    Thank you, Nicole (The Netherlands)

  5. Karin Sigbjörn’s avatar

    I enjoyed this so much and I feel that I want to live the same way this year. I have printed it out so that I can put it in my shop were my clients can read it. I was glad to get your email address because my computer crashed last summer and I lost your beautiful story about the MORNING GLORY. I loved it and would appreciate it so much if you would please send it to me.
    Wishing you a VERY GOOD 2010 with love and light.
    Karin Sigbjörn.

  6. Veronica Hay’s avatar

    Hi Karin, the Lesson of the Morning Glory is on its way to you. Enjoy!
    Love Veronica

  7. Veronica Hay’s avatar

    I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone here who has taken the time to let me know how you enjoyed My New Years Resolutions.

    I noticed that the words “Wow” and “Wept” came up often. I guess I was able to say what a lot of people were thinking and feeling in their hearts and for that I am truly grateful.

    May you all have an amazing New Year finding joy in the things that really matter to each of you.

    From my heart to yours, love and blessings,
    Veronica Hay (author of this piece)

  8. Jennifer DiOrio’s avatar

    Veronica – Loved your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you! Happy New Year!
    Jennifer DiOrio

  9. Rehana Rutti’s avatar

    Dear Veronica
    This is so beautiful, I would love to do everything you want and pray the stirrings deep within my heart grant me this. I have printed and kept it in my bag…
    All the best, Kind regards, Rehana Rutti

  10. Chermaine’s avatar

    Veronica – I think it is wonderful! Chermaine

  11. Fernando Ors Villarejo’s avatar

    Veronica – I feel obliged to thank you for such brilliant writing.
    You are changing lives farther than you think (and I suppose than 99% of the touched hearts do not share their “Wows” with you, so thanks and please continue sharing Wisdom;)
    From Spain, Fernando Ors Villarejo

  12. Marnie Darnel’s avatar

    Thank you for this uplifting, inspiring, meaningful new year’s promise to oneself. I loved it….Marnie Darnel

  13. Joanne’s avatar

    Hi Veronica! Thanks for the inspiration…. God Bless You!

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