Yearly Resolutions, One Day At a Time

Yearly resolutions? Daily ones are enough for me. One of the habits I am grateful to have today started during my divorce. Every morning for about three months, I would wake up at 4 a.m., anxious. At first I fought it, then I decided to accept it, and, after the first two or three weeks, made the most of it. I got up, found something inspirational to read, wrote about it, and then walked for an hour or two. In 13 weeks, I read 12 books about grief, crisis, relationships, marriage, divorce, and even dating. I wore through two journals and one pair of shoes. While I no longer wake at 4, I still enjoy reading, writing, and walking before sunrise.

Somewhere in that reading pile I acquired a bookmark. Instead of once a year resolutions, it has daily ones. There’s enough wisdom in its nine paragraphs and twenty-three sentences to last me a lifetime. Each of the paragraphs begins with the phrase, “Just for Today.” When I read my bookmark, I resolve to, Just For Today: live one day at a time, be happy, take my luck as it comes, learn something useful, “do somebody a good turn,” do at least 2 things I don’t want to do, “save myself from hurry and indecision,” have a quiet half-hour to relax, and “not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.” Whew! Ambitious, but not impossible. Like any good resolutions, they’re worth shooting for, anyway. Perhaps if I shoot for them long enough, one day they’ll be second nature. And when that happens, maybe I’ll be ready to resolve something for longer than 24 hours.

Holly Donaldson

Holly P. Donaldson, CFP® writes and consults on the psychology of money. Her fee-only, product-free financial planning practice focuses on increasing financial self-efficacy for those seeking a financial navigator to help them make good decisions. She is the author of The Mindful Money Mentality: How to Find Balance in Your Financial Future (Porchview Publishing, 2013) and publisher of the award-winning monthly e-letter, "The View From the Porch." With a fully virtual practice in Seminole, Florida, she primarily serves clients located in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater areas. Holly will also work with clients who are a good fit located elsewhere in the United States.

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