OK, first, my new resolutions for 2009:
1. I resolve to be grateful for all I have.
2. I resolve to make another new friend in Portland.
3. I resolve to continue my yoga practice, pilates workouts, and vigorous walks.
4. I resolve to eat three or four well-timed decent meals every day.
5. I resolve to keep my weight at or under 150 lbs.
6. I resolve to find my special mountain in Oregon and make at least one attempt to climb it.
7. I resolve to use what I have, avoid spending, and save money from my loans for the summer.
8. I resolve to pass all classes and board exams.
9. I resolve to avoid people who are desperate/needy instead of trying to help them.
10. I resolve to be kind as it is possible to be while also staying true to myself.
11. I resolve to meditate once a day. (new attempt at old goal, new ideas on how!)
That's a major list. I will have to check back on this soon to remind myself and keep on track.
Here are my resolutions from the beginning of 2008,with some comments about how I did. I understand why people don't like to make resolutions; it's not easy to look back and see how poorly you have done at something you decided for yourself was very important. But I am willing to admit my failings because I think it will help me in the long run.
1. I resolve to get aerobic exercise 3 or more days a week for 30 minutes or more in duration.
Grade: D. Didn't do so hot on this one. While I was in the throes of my schooling I got out for one long walk a week....and the rest of the time I was largely sedentary. I did keep up with daily yoga, but it was mostly of the more relaxing sort, not too challenging and definitely not aerobic.
2. I resolve to meditate at least once daily.
Grade: D. I meditate a lot sometimes, and then not at all for months at a time. I do return to deep breathing on a regular basis, but it is not long enough to really reach a meditative state, only enough to calm me down from a state of hypervigilance and anxiety. The closest I came to meditation was ujaye breathing while practicing yoga. This was helpful, but still not the full focus that I want to practice.
3. I resolve to show my love daily.
Grade: B. I did well on this one. I showed my love in small ways even when the gestures were not returned. I am getting better at letting the special people in my life know how special they are to me. I'm not the greatest at giving gifts--largely because I don't want to go shopping or buy things--but I am good at bringing a smile, a hug, a kiss, and a compliment to my dear ones.
4. I resolve to keep up with my school work on a daily basis.
Grade: B. I did better on this than I did the first year. In fact, I think I did almost as well as it was possible for me to do. There seems to be more reading to cover than I can possibly find time for...but then, I still think I can do better than I have.
5. I resolve to completely abstain from intoxicants at least 3 days a week.
Grade: A. I fulfilled this resolution easily, without even having to think about it. Once I decided that I was not going to let someone else's use and offering influence my choice of when to imbibe, I knew that I did not want to imbibe anything on a daily basis.