About ten years ago, my dad started creating an annual mantra. Some of the best include:
- If it were easy, everyone would do it.
- No more guilt trips.
- If it's not delicious, dump it.
- If you've got a good thing going, don't mess it up.
- Take time to recognize and appreciate beauty.
- Just because you think it doesn't mean you need to say it.
These do tend to float through my head, not just during that year, but for years to come (especially "If it's not delicious, dump it."), and I've made positive changes in my life because of them.
Changing years is a convenient time for self-reflection. My mantra for 2017 will probably be "Don't spend lots of time doing activities you hate." Although this seems obvious, I definitely need the reminder to invest my time in activities that are beneficial and pleasant. Somehow, I spent a lot of 2016 doing things I didn't necessarily enjoy, usually out of a sense of unfounded obligation.
Do you have any mantras, goals, resolutions or epiphanies looking ahead to 2017?