Anything is possible on January 1st. Each and every year I actually believe that I will lose those ten pounds, pull back on the caffeine, stop drinking wine altogether, reject cheese and chocolate, and turn my nose at candy-coated morsels… except Advil.
Plus, I’ll exercise all the time.
And I’ll get right on it.
Tomorrow. Just after I recover from my sugar-crash-boozy over-indulgent hangover from New Year’s Eve.
But you know how it goes.
Somehow tomorrow becomes business-as-usual and I head off to the fromagerie for a tasty tidbit to go with the new bottle of wine and bar of chocolate. C’est la vie.
This year, in addition to the long list above that today I actually believe I’ll do until tomorrow comes and I forget, I’m practicing being present and savoring each moment.
And here’s the thing with that:
I achieve my New Year’s resolution immediately.
And here’s the thing with that: I feel glorious love opening in my chest. I can’t quite explain why but the moment I remember to fully focus on what is happening, I feel my energy field expanding and I wonder if my skin will even be able to contain it.
For example, yesterday I was sticking stamps on my Paris Letters, which I’ll pop in the mail tomorrow. I was concentrating on how lovely it feels to rip each stamp from its perforated edge.
Satisfying like popping bubble wrap.
Then Christophe, who was learning a new song on guitar, interrupted this stamp-perforation reverie to ask which way sounds better… with the capo or without. Normally, I’d sigh and feel interrupted. But I stopped myself and fully focused on him and the guitar.
It happened again.
My heart filled with joy and gratitude overflowed.
There he was, being totally kind and sweet and sexy, playing guitar and filling the room with music.
Being present makes one feel very lucky.
“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is your New Year’s resolution?