It is New Year's Day, and like so many others I'm pondering the possibilities of 2011 - knowing I should set some worthy goals, yet stay open to surprises that will surely come my way.
I used to write a long list of resolutions each year. The usual to-dos — eat less and exercise more — were always included . Most often, I ate more and exercised not at all.
So, this go-round I'm opting for something different. I'm picking a single word to focus on - one that will best encompass the attitude I want to embrace in the coming months.
I've come up with some good options: happiness, positivity, kindness, flexibility, generosity. Injecting more of any these qualities in my life would be good for me.
But, I keep thinking about the quote by Susan Rabin, "Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier." And it's spin-off, "Enthusiasm is contagious. Not having enthusiasm is also contagious."
And that quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Enthusiasm is the mother of effort and without it nothing great was ever achieved."
I like both of those quotes - a lot!
So, I have selected ENTHUSIASM as my one word for 2011.
I just wrote the word on three pieces of blank paper - with large and brightly colored letters. The first was posted on the cork board next to my computer. The second was placed under a magnet on my refrigerator. The third was framed and put in my bedroom on a nightstand.
I shouldn't need reminders to be enthusiastic. But, come mid-January when I do what I usually do — forget my resolve— it will be mighty good to have them!