‘Tis the season to be better… and this year I’m going to stick to my New Year Resolutions. The best way of being sure is to make them easy – so I’m making them mnemonic by using a threefold division of mind, body and spirit.
Mind: I need to brush up my French; but it gets much better after a bottle of wine, so there’s not much incentive there. How about learning the saxophone? No, I tried that last year and I need someone else to yell ‘Practise’! Sudoku? Crosswords? But those are meant to be fun…. What I really need to do is start writing regularly again. The ‘LifeWorks’ launch was great fun, and I’ve had a string of articles, but I need to get back to the story stuff. I’ve promised my publisher there’s another book in the pipeline. I’m going to mark ‘white space’ in my diary two mornings a week and just sit in front of the computer until something comes.
Body: Botox? Boob job? Laser eye surgery? Not indulged – or at least acknowledged – in my wholistic social circles. I’ll have to hone the effortful way. Since I ran the London Marathon in 2011, my knee has been a weak point (it was totally worth it though!). But I do need some regular exercise. I’m going to set aside two sessions a week, one for a short run or bike ride, the other for something more structured. I’m thinking Zumba at the local health club, where you can sign up for a term’s worth of classes (paying up front is a great way of guilt-tripping myself into going). Maybe I’ll persuade a friend to sign up too and treat her to coffee afterwards.
Spirit: This is the simplest in theory, the hardest in practise. Live in the moment. Banish negative thoughts and emotions. Do a kind deed every day. Easy to say, but difficult to actually do. Someone gave me a metaphor today which might be helpful. My phone has an icon which tells me how much battery it has left. By the time it gets down to 10% it’s about to switch off: I have to monitor it and recharge when it gets anywhere below around 30% full. Apparently my emotional welfare is similar: I need to recognize when I’m dipping towards subsistence level and do something about it whilst I still have the energy to pull up. This could be going for a swim, or meeting up with a friend, or whatever jump-starts my body / mind and reminds me that life is worth living. Just being alive is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. I’m going to watch myself and learn to work out when I’m getting low. Meanwhile, the equivalent of a regular re-charge is doing something I love every week. I can’t manage meditation – living in London it’s hard to switch off – but I find that hyperventilating harmoniously with like-minded individuals has much the same effect. I’m going to join a choir.
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